STEM Career Exploration: Water Treatment Plant Operator (Teacher Sheet)

STEM Career Exploration: Water Treatment Plant Operator (T
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In this activity, students learn about drinking water quality issues in 3rd world countries. Students then research, plan, and build their own water purification devices. Devices are tested and results are compared. Then, comparisons are made among student-made water filtration devices, natural cycles, commercially available devices, and devices used in water treatment plants in a project-based summative evaluation.

Standards:
MS-LS2-5
HS-LS2-7

Student Learning Objectives:
SWBAT identify problems associated with drinking water in 3rd world countries
SWBAT create a device to filter water
SWBAT measure turbidity of a water sample
SWBAT summarize the steps of water treatment plant operations
SWBAT identify natural water purification methods
SWBAT integrate knowledge of existing filtration devices, water treatment plant operations, and natural cycles to plan and design the most effective water treatment plant possible

Essential Question:
How can we give all people access to fresh clean drinking water?

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Four 60 minute lessons
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