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What happens when the “Big One” hits the Pacific Northwest? How do we get clean, safe water for our daily needs when water systems may be down for weeks? This scenario motivates a design activity to design and build a personal water purifier. The module starts with an introduction of the LifeStraw, an inspirational invention created to reduce misery and save lives in locations where fresh potable water is not available, and launches students into an inquiry phase to learn about common environmental contaminants and the purification properties of common materials. This data is then used by student teams to design their own “personal water purifiers” that can remove various types of pollution, from particulates and protozoans to acids. The module combines core ideas in life science and chemistry to integrate science with engineering design and invention let students solve a problem of high relevance to our region.
This workshop is sponsored by the PSU College of Engineering/MESA and the Lemelson Foundation. Participating teachers will receive a set of integrated curriculum materials (slides, worksheets, resources) and a full set of matching classroom supplies to support teaching the module, and an opportunity to join a cohort of supportive colleagues.
Presenters are Mihir Ravel, Cary Sneider and Jennifer Wells, research faculty at Portland State University.
3 Professional Development Units to be provided upon completion.
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