Investigating Soil Conservation Techniques
Earth ecoSTEM Kit Materials Used: Mr. Landscaper Drip Irrigation Kit
ENGAGE - Students Observe This Phenomenon
EXPLORE a Kit-Supported Learning Experience
Students can review Mister Landscaper’s Drip Irrigation Installation Instructional Video 1 and Video 2. Then they will map the area where drip irrigation is to be installed (using YardMap’s online tool or baseline/offset sketch on graph paper), designing the most effective layout to conserve soil and provide enough water to keep the largest number of plants alive, without wasting water to evaporation. Competing plans can be presented and the most effective one implemented by the class.
Students should be able to explain the value of drip irrigation both in terms of conserving water (by targeting irrigation at roots and reducing evaporation) and conserving soil (by preventing it from drying out and blowing away or flooding and leeching nutrients).
Students may propose solutions to conserve soil and water and choose a project from the Extend section to do.