April 27: Brainstorm – Make it Rain — Brainstorm and Decide Environmental Problem / Solution
<See April 27 Blog Post for details, websites used for ideas,..>
May 1-2: Students / partners make decision regarding the environmental problem that you would like to solve, and make some solutions- suggestions. Solutions should be much more than “picking up trash.” They should include science-based surveys that generate data, or 7th grade science level experiments, or research that also generates data about your problem, or working models,….
This project requires your STEM Engineering Work Plans…. and “higher level thinking:” apply, analyze, evaluate, create/design, improve, share and communicate.
Solutions do not need to cost money. If there are small expenses involved, the business partners may offer to provide that item if you are organized and show them why it is needed.
May 2-4 (assignment): First Contact of Community Organizations / Professionals associated with your problem & solution. Refer to / use the letter that I wrote for you to start off your explanation (Blog Post: May 2, also listed below). Be specific: what do you need? How can they help you to solve the problem? This written / verbal / meeting contact needs to be made; aim for a reply or agreement to partner with you — reply by May 9?
- Contacting a Business, Nature Center, Maintenance Supervisor, Company owner, Environmental organization, or other Professional…
- Who will you need to contact?
- Will you contact them by gmail, in person, or by phone?
- Do you know what to say?
A good start is …
Our names are _____, ___, _____. We are students at Allendale Middle School
We are working on a Sustainability Project in Seventh Grade Science. This is a Problem-Based Learning project– we have to solve a problem that relates to Environmental Science. We are able to choose the problem, design a solution and determine the best method to solving this problem.
We are contacting you because ______________________ (explain what your problem is and why you need their help. Tell them the date or location or materials that you need from them– any of the details).
We appreciate your time and help. If you could email us back (PLEASE give them your emails, even if you are talking to them in person!), our emails are: —— —— —–.)
When we have completed this project, we will contact you with our results and data. We will also have a presentation on May 30, in the evening, that you are also welcome to attend.
Thank you for your consideration, time and help.
_____, _____, _____
May 4: You and your partner complete Action Plan: Page 2, questions 3-4-5, Materials & Method. We will set up the dates on the method/Procedure Table today together in class. I will check —–> First Contact of Professionals associated with your problem & solution. This should be done.