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Another great day went by filled with a guest speaker and a full design challenge. We began our day with Nancy Mckintyre from Longmont Water conservation district. She had a wonderful demonstration showing the students how much water is used from animals, humans, machines and farms. We are using more water than ever and will have a water crisis as soon as 2080.
We dove right into our design challenge which was to Design a way to improve water quality in a local river/stream to improve the river’s ecosystem. The students did some research on the most polluted rivers in the world. Our challenge was to design something for a local river, but we wanted to think globally like IBM does. So we modified the challenge to find rivers from around the world. Out of the list our students chose to design for the Mississippi river, Jion river in China, and rivers in Jakarta.
The creative minds in the class came up with some wonderful projects. We had underwater pipes that would lead water through a series of filters and spit the water back into the river. We had a dam that would divert water to a treatment center and push the water back into the river. One of the most creative prototypes was a machine with mechanical arms that would attract trash and pull it out of the river. The arms were capable of picking up 50 pieces of trash in one second.
Tomorrow we will be filtering water as we design a way so all people of the world have access to clean water. Here are what your children had to say about our day.
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