Dayton Regional STEM Center
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Engineering Community Gardens

In partnership with an NSF:RET grant and the University of Dayton the Dayton Regional STEM Center presents the following unit.

In this lesson student are given specific constraints in which they apply energy transformations while designing a water collection and transport system.  Teams of students will collaborate to assist community gardeners, especially the handicap, collect and transport water to their plants.  Students will employ the engineering design process as they design an energy-efficient prototype system for collecting rainwater and transporting it to the garden with maximum speed.  After completing and testing their system, students investigate how the water transfers through the hydrologic cycle, one of Earth’s biogeochemical cycles.

Student and teachers explore these concepts and connections through use of a Prezi that is synchronized with the lesson plans.