Fresh Solutions: Design Thinking Challenge

How do people transport fresh water long distances to ensure everyone has access to it? The final lesson in the 10-part Fresh Solutions unit encourages individuals to design their own solution, or solutions, to that very problem. Groups select a challenge and work through the same design process scientists use to address the dilemma.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Spend time on the design process and explain how the process requires knowledge from science, math, engineering, language arts, and history
  • Offer extra credit for anyone who gets their ideas implemented at a larger level than just their own homes
Classroom Considerations

  • Depending on which challenge is accepted, the lesson may last anywhere from one hour to a week
Pros

  • Links to many other design thinking challenges for inspiration
  • Wraps up the large unit with a project demonstrating knowledge without requiring a test
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS