Brainstorming Ideas for Outside Water Investigations
This activity will get us thinking about our water sources, environmental issues (pollutants, their sources, and possible solutions), and who can we contact to help us with this investigation. Eventually we will tie these ideas to the ocean, but let’s keep it local for now...
To start our brainstorming, think of more than one question (or two or ten) that you would ask to find out more about water in our community.
For example, in the past I had students who wanted to know more about the amount of phytoplankton in the lake during times of drought as it compared with past amounts. Another was interested in finding out how the pollutants that get deposited in the snow on the parking lots end up in the streams and eventually in our lake.
We will make our list on a Google doc so that everyone is sharing ideas. As one person writes an idea, it may spark a new idea from you. Keep adding to the list. Talk it out. Keep the ideas coming!