Filtration Investigation

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Scholars build a simple filtration system to remove impurities from muddy water and rate the filtered water to a grade of clarity scale. The focus is on teamwork and problem solving. This lesson would be effective in your STEM curriculum or as a lesson in water quality with your earth science class. Consider having older learners research water quality issues in other countries as a way to extend this into social studies.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
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  • Opens the door for discussing clean water problems and possible solutions for third world countries
  • Promotes collaboration and critical thinking
  • Can be used to meet Next Generation Science Standards in engineering
  • Lab sheets are organized, informative, and pleasing to the eye

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