Giving Compass’ Take:
• EarthEcho Expedition: Water by Design brings together educators to a professional development retreat to understand STEM education as it applies to everyday life in California.
• What lessons about water design can teachers bring back to the classroom in relation to STEM?
• Read about the STEM after-school program that became an inspirational model for students and educators.
While I had never experienced the Santa Ana winds, the teachers I was working with were, thankfully, prepared for the 114°F heat. Standing on an exposed hill watching 2,400 gallons of water per second rush down the Los Angeles aqueduct, the 26 teachers were exchanging stories about connecting their students to the regional water crisis while trying to recall if they had ever seen this much water in the aqueduct, which is highly visible from the 5 Freeway. One by one, I heard each teacher say something to the effect of, “I drive by here every day and never even look up!” Or, “I had no idea this was even here, I can’t wait to share this with my students!”
This was exactly the impact that the team at EarthEcho International was seeking for the professional development workshop portion of EarthEcho Expedition: Water by Design, part of an annual program sponsored by the Northrop Grumman Foundation that leverages exploration and discovery to bring STEM education to life. These 26 teachers were brought together as EarthEcho Expedition Fellows to work on a collaborative curriculum-building process based on an expedition with EarthEcho Founder Philippe Cousteau. They traveled together throughout Southern California over the course of five days to better understand water resources in this part of the country.
Read the full article about place-based professional development in the water systems of California by Stacey Rafalowski at Getting Smart.
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