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WaterWays - Evaluating Progress

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How do we measure change? In Evaluating Progress students look back at the changes they made in Chimhe City and prepare a presentation to share their work, just like scientists do to share their results. Students use data to make comparisons and evaluate how changes in the city have affected human and environmental health. The module concludes with students each creating a research poster about one specific problem and solution to demonstrate their understanding of how water connects people and nature.

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.

Evaluating Progress contains:

  • A personalized digital science journal and an augmented reality experience where students conduct a species survey (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:

  • “Students could manipulate variables and see the instant change, which helped them understand. The simulations were really helpful.”
  • “My class was drop-a-pin quiet, they were so absorbed!”
  • “It was really user friendly for the kids and they were able to navigate through.”

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
  • LS2.C Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience
  • ESS3.B Natural Hazards
  • ESS3.C Human Impacts on
  • Earth Systems
  • ETS1.B Designing Solutions to Engineering Problems
  • Systems and System Models
  • Cause and Effect
  • Patterns
  • Energy and Matter

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

  • Strand 1 (Analysis and Interpretation Skills): A, B, C, E, F, G
  • Strand 2 (Environmental Processes and Systems): 2.1 A, B. 2.2 A, C, D. 2.3 A,B,D. 2.4 A,E
  • Strand 3 (Skills for Understanding and Addressing Environmental Issues): 3.1 A, B. 3.2 A,B,C,D
  • Strand 4 (Personal and Civic Responsibility): B, C