From Lake to Potable

For the second Action Project in H20, GCE Freshman investigated the following guiding question:

How prepared are you in case of a water crisis?

Here’s the scenario students were challenged with:

There was a flood in your city, and all water sources have been contaminated. To avoid relocating to a different city until the water treatment plant has been repaired, you decide to build your own water filtration system — which will be used to filter drinking water until safe tap water is reinstated 2-3 weeks from now. Bottled water supplies are running low across the city, so time is of the essence. Using your knowledge of aquifers, pH and groundwater filtration, build a water filter that your family can use until the city is able to ensure tap water is safe to drink.

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Alignment with Common Core Math & NextGen Standards

PS1-1.: Use the periodic table as a model to predict the relative properties of elements based on the patterns of electrons in the outermost energy level of atoms.

ESS1-6.L Apply scientific reasoning and evidence from ancient Earth materials, meteorites, and other planetary surfaces to construct an account of Earth’s formation and early history.

ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.

CCSS.HSN-RN.A.1.: Explain how the definition of the meaning of rational exponents follows from extending the properties of integer exponents to those values, allowing for a notation for radicals in terms of rational exponents.

CCSS.HSN-RN.A.2.: Rewrite expressions involving radicals and rational exponents using the properties of exponents.

CCSS.HSN-Q.A.3.: Choose a level of accuracy appropriate to limitations on measurement when reporting quantities.

Student Projects