Fifth-grade students in Ellen Neill's science class have partnered with a company called Level Up Village to gain a better understanding of how water becomes polluted, as well as how it can be filtered and made safe for drinking.
For the next two weeks, students will be conducting several experiments and teaming up with students in Uganda solve real-world problems about how to improve the water filtering systems in Africa. As part of Level Up Village, the students will record and share videos of their progress with students in Uganda; the students in Africa will also share their research via video so the teams can continuously collaborate to develop the most effective solution. The video conferences will also include Q&A sessions so both sets of students can learn more about one another's culture.
Students will use different engineering methods to build and tweak their filters and water towers to ensure the water is being properly and most effectively filtered. Click here to learn more information about the project.
"This is a great introduction to the science of the water molecules, filtering, density, surface tension, and water-borne illnesses," Neill said. "The unit also serves as a community service project since ESD has donated the supplies and filters for the labs to the school we're working with in Uganda."