Water ecoSTEM Kit Materials Used: Awesome Aquifers Kit and Bioplastic Cups
ENGAGE - Students Observe This Phenomenon
EXPLORE a Kit-Supported Learning Experience
Teams of 4 students will use the Awesome Aquifer kit and its related Science Olympiad event guide to create working models of groundwater and its interactions with the surface, using the bioplastic cups provided. (Bring your own soil and gravel, food coloring or powdered drink mix, old pumps from soap dispensers, clay, and other items.)
Students may use the large aquifer model kit (included) to demonstrate and explain an aquifer in a 1:1 session with the teacher. A hand soap pump can be used for a well.
The class may participate in a groundwater case study known as A Grave Mistake. Alternatively, students may research the Oglala Aquifer and claims by protesters that an oil pipeline in the area presented an unacceptable risk, and make a claim backed by evidence and reasoning.