Engineering Aquatic Ecosystems

Engineering Aquatic Ecosystems

The Engineering Aquatic Ecosystems curriculum guides students through the design challenge of developing an aquatic ecosystem in a small aquarium, supporting at least 5 organisms, that is capable of being self-sustaining for at least 3 weeks. This project is designed to be highly self-directed and encourages students to identify problems and find solutions through self-guided research. Based on their research, students will choose living organisms, design the ecosystem, troubleshoot problems, and test solutions. Students will gain skills in computer applications, chemistry, and more by conducting water quality testing and analysis, research projects, and technical drafts.

The curriculum culminates with student presentations evaluating their success in engineering an aquatic ecosystem.  In addition to completing the aquarium ecosystem project, students will be introduced to careers in the water industry ranging from ecologist to engineer to wastewater treatment operator.  This curriculum is designed to equip students will the skills employers in the water industry seek, such as computer applications and data analysis, and provides resources for creating a resume, conducting informational interviews, and job shadowing.

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