Freshman / STEAM / Global Resources

Are you thirsty? Are you clean? Have you nourished your plants today? In this course, you will explore the resource that’s essential for all life: water. In this course, you will interact with numbers in a new way with the introduction of logarithms, applications of scientific notation, and exploration of measuring systems used throughout the world. The course relies on research, gathered from sources and created by you, in order to better understand how water usage and access compares around the world and you will learn how this resource is at the same time abundant and scarce.

Course Units

  • Why is water so common yet so rare?

    Why?

    In this unit, you will learn about the abundance of water found in living organisms – and investigate the scarcity of potable water that leaves millions of people without clean water on a daily basis.

    How?

    Here are the unit sub guiding questions you will pursue:

    • How much is 71%?
    • How do we get water in case of shortage or crisis?
    • How can we raise awareness about global water usage?
  • Why is water is so pure yet so complex?

    Why?

    The purpose of this investigation is to define potable water and explore its relationship with the human body using logarithms, biology, and chemistry.

    How?

    Here are the unit sub guiding questions you will pursue:

    • How much is 4.4 billion?
    • Is all drinking water created equal?
    • How would you cope in a water crisis?
  • Why is water so cyclical yet so unpredictable?

    Why?

    In this unit you will learn about the difference between weather and climate, and how irregular weather patterns can tell us about our long-term climate.

    How?

    Here are the unit sub guiding questions you will pursue:

    • How much is 212°?
    • How you utilize water to predict the weather?
    • What will our climate feel like in the future?