How can we reduce our negative impact on the environment? What methods help us sustain and even improve the environment? What factors harm our environment and what can we do about them? The design process throughout this unit examines human environmental impacts, assessing the kinds of solutions that are feasible, and designing and evaluating solutions that could reduce that impact. Student teams will investigate minimizing the impact of humans on water usage, land usage, and/or pollution in the environment. They will explore school impact on energy use, self-monitor and report use of electricity, water, and recycling, calculate the Carbon footprint of every student at their school and create a school plan to minimize that impact. In the final Design Challenge students will choose a problem to monitor/study, present the problem with data, and then design a solution and monitor the results. This unit gives students insights into how they can make positive environmental improvements for their future.
This video can be used with students or to get an overview of the lesson in action. Thanks to the Monterey County Office of Education MCAET Center for video production