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      During this 5-Day STEAM Health Sciences Camp, incoming Freshmen at Health Center Academy in Stockton, CA were tasked to design a "Portable Water Purification Device" for a developing country where access to clean drinking water is a "dream" for many remote villages.

           STEAM Lead Instructor, Rapunzel Amador-Lewis (a licensed Civil Engineer), connects this project with real-world problems and solutions.

Rapunzel began the lesson by showing a slideshow of her humanitarian mission projects where she led 10 global projects in her birth town of the Philippines, with the construction of 10 water systems in 10 villages. Join her as she presents this STEAM lesson plan in the upcoming 2018 California STEAM Symposium on October 28 & 29, in Long Beach, CA.

    Students researched how municipalities mimic natural ways of purifying water. Dr. Viji Sundar, Executive Director of the STEAM Academy, interacted with students as she facilitated discussion on Chemistry, as a subject matter knowledge important in the treatment of wastewater. 

       They then plan, design, and draw how their device will be built, as they explore the "Engineering Design Process." After students make their device, it is then tested by pouring "dirty" water (that students fetched from nearby natural water sources such as rivers, lakes, streams) through their device and collecting "filtered" water out of the device. Rapunzel led the students into a lesson in Chemistry and evaluating water quality by testing its turbidity, pH Levels, and presence of Fecal Coliform, before and after filtration.




2018 Summer STEAM Innovators Camp -

Hobby Lobby, Turlock, CA




"I love designing my T-shirt because I can get very creative..."

2018 Summer STEAM Innovators Camp -

"One Way Trip To Mars"

Hobby Lobby, Turlock, CA







"My favorite activity is building my "soda can" Martian Robot, because it was challenging.... afterward, we raced the robots, but I didn't win, and that's okay because we all had FUN.."

Videos

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Roller Coaster Run With 3 Riders

This engineering design project required a group of (10,11,12-yr olds) students to design a roller ride with 1 drop, 1 loop, and 1 jump at the end of the ride, with 3 riders (3 marbles). Materials used: styrofoam "pool noodle", electrical/duct tape, 3 marbles, 1 dixie cup.

Roller Coaster Run With 1 Rider

This engineering design project required a group of (7,8,9-yr olds) students to design a roller ride with 1 drop, 1 loop, 1 hill, and 1 jump at the end of the ride, with 1 rider (1 marble). Materials used: styrofoam "pool noodle", electrical/duct tape, 1 marble, 1 dixie cup.

Roller Coaster Run With 1 Rider

This engineering design project required a group of (7,8,9-yr olds) students to design a roller ride with 1 drop, 1 loop, 1 hill, and 1 jump at the end of the ride, with 1 rider (1 marble). Materials used: styrofoam "pool noodle", electrical/duct tape, 1 marble, 1 dixie cup.

Roller Coaster Run With 1 Rider

This engineering design project required a group of (8,9-yr olds) students to design a roller ride with 1 drop, 1 loop, 1 hill, and 1 jump at the end of the ride, with 1 rider (1 marble). Materials used: styrofoam "pool noodle", electrical/duct tape, 1 marble, 1 dixie cup.

Roller Coaster Run With 1 Rider

This engineering design project required a group of (7,8,9-yr olds) students to design a roller ride with 1 drop, 1 loop, and 1 jump at the end of the ride, with 1 rider (1 marble). Materials used: styrofoam "pool noodle", electrical/duct tape, 1 marble, 1 dixie cup.

Roller Coaster Run With 1 Rider

This engineering design project required a group of (9,10-yr olds) students to design a roller ride with 1 drop, 1 loop, and 1 jump at the end of the ride, with 1 rider (1 marble). Materials used: styrofoam "pool noodle", electrical/duct tape, 1 marble, 1 dixie cup.