Water Supply Systems Chemistry-Ecology-Engineering

[3 STEM Clock Hours] Interactive PBL practicum for secondary teachers. Participants will develop sophisticated inquiries around the assumptions we make about our tap water. Learn directly from technical experts about chemical, ecological, and engineering systems.
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Water Supply Systems Chemistry-Ecology-Engineering

Time & Location

Jan 30, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Zoom Meeting

About the Event

We take all of this for granted. But how does it work, really? What happens if we get forest fire in our watershed? What happens to all of these pipes in an earthquake? What role do we play in protecting our water resources? Will climate change and population pressures force a level of collaborative problem solving we have not seen? Using models at increasing levels of complexity, we will unpack the chemistry, ecology, engineering, policy, finance, and geography of our local water supply system. Participants will preview a series of short, youth-voiced videos on the technical elements of water supply including a virtual field trip to a state of the art water treatment facility. Sample student impact projects will stimulate ideas for how teachers can align academic standards with the water conservation goals of local utilities.

Technical experts from Tacoma Water and Cascade Water Alliance will be available to support our inquiries. Career pathways related to water supply systems will be shared, and the Lab features interaction with a team of highly capable students from the Sustainability Ambassadors Youth Leadership Program. Teacher teams from across the curriculum are encouraged. You and your colleagues are invited to sign up for one, some, or all of the Labs in the Series.

This Focus Lab is part of the ongoing Green-Duwamish Watershed PBL Curriculum Design Lab Series with funding support from the King County Wastewater Treatment Division, WaterWorks Grants Program, and the Puget Sound Stewardship & Mitigation Fund, a grantmaking fund created by the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance and administered by the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment.

Teacher Learning Goals

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of issues and opportunities related to water supply systems that you depend on each day.
  2. Design, adopt or refine one or more lesson ideas related to the chemistry, ecology, engineering, policy, finance, or geography of your local water supply system.
  3. Apply STEM literacy across disciplines and promote college/career pathways to inspire students.

REGISTER TODAY to hold your spot. Bring a Team.

Questions?  Email: Peter Donaldson

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