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WaterWays - Restoring Ecosystems

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How do we build back better ecosystems? In Restoring Ecosystems, students view the call to action to help alleviate ecological problems and biodiversity destruction at Wavy Bay. They learn how oyster reefs improve water quality, increase biodiversity, and reduce flooding. Then, they hypothesize about how restoring oyster reefs will affect Wavy Bay.

WaterWays was developed in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society, Hudson River Park and Mount Sinai's Transdisciplinary Center for Early Environmental Exposure, with funding support from the National Institutes of Health. 

Restoring Ecosystems contains:

  • A personalized digital science journal and an augmented reality experience where students examine Seal Beach and Wavy Bay (accessible by phone or browser using webVR) 
  •  40 minutes of interactive activities where students are scientists engaged with water science and water stewardship
  • Assessment dashboard for educators to monitor and scaffold student learning


Teacher Testimonials:

  • “My class was drop-a-pin quiet, they were so absorbed!”
  • “Thinking about our kids, our demographic, they don’t leave this area; it was huge for them to see something outside where they live.”
  • “Kids kept asking, “Can we do it again?” and a lot of them would go look at it again during their downtime.”


Next Generation Science Standards:

Science & Engineering Practices

Disciplinary Core Idea

Crosscutting Concepts
  • Developing and Using Models
  • Analyzing and Interpreting Data
  • Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
  • Engaging in Argument from Evidence
  • Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information
  • ETS1.A Defining Engineering Problems
  • ETS1.C Optimizing the Design Solutions 
  • ESS1.A Earth Materials and Systems
  • ESS3.C Human Impacts on Earth Systems
  • Systems and System Models
  • Cause and Effect
  • Patterns

Connections to Excellence in Environmental Education - Guidelines for Learning (K-12)

  • Strand 1 (Analysis and Interpretation Skills): A, C, E, F, G
  • Strand 2 (Environmental Processes and Systems): 2.1 A, B. 2.2, A. 2.3 A
  • Strand 3 (Skills for Understanding and Addressing Environmental Issues): 3.1 A, B, C
  • Strand 4 (Personal and Civic Responsibility): B, C