In partnership with an NSF: RET grant and the University of Dayton the Dayton Regional STEM Center presents the following unit.
In this lesson, students 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 handicapped, 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.
Students and teachers explore these concepts and connections through the use of a Prezi that is synchronized with the lesson plans.