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Water Water Everywhere

Fellow:  Elizabeth Chesebrough

Course Purpose

The emphasis of the course is encouraging independent thought and scientific inquiry on the topic of water resources. 

Course Description

This course will cultivate a desire for understanding water issues and the natural sciences while teaching students how science is performed in the real world. The students will gain practical skills, such as how the water cycle functions, water sampling techniques, an understanding of water testing methodology, and an introduction to writing laboratory reports. 

This course is designed as a 4-6 week module, focusing on hydrology. It is adaptable for urban and rural environments. The audience is high school aged students who have not written a formal lab report, or who need to enhance their science writing skills. There are no prerequisites for this course. 


Next Generation Science Standards met in

Water Water Everywhere Unit

Science and Engineering Practices

  • Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Engaging in argument from evidence

Crosscutting Concepts

  • Cause and effect: Mechanism and prediction
  • Stability and change

Disciplinary Core Ideas

  • HS-ESS2-2. Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth's surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
  • HS-ESS2-5. Plan and conduct an investigation of the properties of water and its effects on Earth materials and surface processes.