Every morning, my students start the day off with getting bottled water because they cannot drink the tap water in Flint. They do not understand why the tap water is undrinkable. I want my students to understand how pollution affects the water and ecosystem but we can reverse the damages.
My students are upper elementary students in Flint, MI.
They are struggling economically but are very interested in making the world a better place for everyone. The students attend an extended year program to make better academic progress and enjoy hands on activities. We designed a Mars Colony last year and the students designed a constitution with eco-friendly guidelines so that the citizens on Mars would not face situations like we have on earth with pollution, violence, extinction, etc. This group of students with the right guidance and support will make a difference in society, they just need the opportunity.
With the Captain Planet Foundation's EcoSTEM WATER Kit my students will learn to protect one of earth's most precious resources, water. Through engaging inquiry investigations, making and demonstrating concepts with models, collecting data for a citizen science project, designing solutions for an engineering challenge, and implementing an environmental stewardship project, students will be active participants in their learning process. Students will observe and collect data using the Water Cycle Model, explore plastic pollution by analyzing actual samples, test physical and chemical parameters of water quality, analyze biological indicators of stream health by surveying macroinvertebrates, engineer solutions to pollution by creating working models of filtration systems, inspired by The Groundwater Foundation's Awesome Aquifers project. This project will help my students understand the current water crisis they are facing.
My students lives will be better because they will be able to understand why water is a precious resource and what they can do in their community to reverse the pollution's damage.
With the current Flint Water Crisis, students are only drinking bottled water but Genesee County does not recycle. Students are throwing away plastic bottles on a daily basis, creating another problem to now contaminate the water. This is a great time for them to begin a recycling program for the community.
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