This is an inquiry-based hands-on NASA STEM lesson based on a free storybook The Mystery at Willow Creek. All participants can learn from this experience regardless of level. The STEM activities incorporate cooperative learning and exploration.
The session activity is versatile and can be used as a standalone or incorporated into complex units. The participants will receive 4 mystery samples. They will use their senses and pH paper to identify the samples with “pollution” and the one that is water.
The PowerPoint will include the videos and activities including the tips and pointers and will be made available to all participants. The teacher’s guide is available online at no cost on http://www.globe.gov/web/elementary-globe. The teacher’s guide includes the free storybooks, activities, material lists, Instructional strategies, assessments, and cross-curricular implementation.
10 min- STEM Engagement strategies: Getting Organized
5 min- The Importance of Fresh Water
10 min- Introduce “Discoveries at Willow Creek” storybook
20 min- Activity: “Water Detectives Activity” –Using our senses
10 min – Reporting out -Why we are collecting water data?
5 min- Q and A
NASA Elementary GLOBE has free storybooks with three or more STEM Activities each integrating the Core Standards with the Science standards. The materials are translated into 5 languages. Exploring the environment with a field experience ( Water Walk) will engage students in real-world culturally relevant problem-solving.
Susan Kohler (NASA Glenn Research Center: Cleveland, OH)