Our first STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) project is to solve this problem:
Create a dam that allows the least amount of flooding water to pass through it in order to save the beaver habitat and protect these creatures.
Students will begin by researching (computer sites, books, and videos) beavers and dams in order to gain background information. Students will take notes on their new knowledge and share this information with fellow classroom scientists.
Next, in groups, students will use materials provided to build a (small version) of the dam. They will test it, record data (how much water passed through), improve the design, test it again, record data, improve the design (one last time), test it (one last time), record the data (one last time), and finally reflect and summarize this results.