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Inventing Tomorrow: Water Module


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This module uses a film about student Sahithi Pingali, who investigates water quality in her hometown in Bangalore, as a jumping off point for students to expand their understanding of eutrophication and the process of science.



Earth science

10-12 class periods

Correspondence to the Next Generation Science Standards is indicated in parentheses after each relevant concept. See our conceptual framework for details.

  • Science is ongoing; answering one scientific question frequently leads to additional questions to be investigated. (P1)

  • The real process of science is complex, iterative, and can take many different paths.

  • The process of science involves observation, exploration, testing, communication, and application.

  • Science depends on communication within the scientific community. (P7, P8)

  • The scientific community is global and diverse. (NOS7)

  • Anyone can participate in science.

  • Scientific knowledge helps us make decisions that affect our lives every day.

  • Scientific knowledge informs public policies and regulations that promote our health, safety, and environmental stewardship. (NOS8)

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