Curriculum Materials

Hello Teachers. If you are interested in implementing the Water Runoff Challenge in your classroom, please refer to the following links below for curriculum materials.

Teacher Guide – The teacher guide contains lesson-level guidance on pacing; supporting student engagement with the NGSS dimensions; supporting connections among science, engineering, and computational modeling; promoting productive student talk; and suggested customizations.

Student Notebook – The student notebook is meant to be used by students to follow along the Water Runoff Challenge lessons.

Annotated Student Notebook – The annotated student notebook contains exemplar responses and correct answers to prompts in the Student Notebook.

Instructional Slides – The Instructional Slides can be projected in the classroom during instruction; they are meant to be an accompaniment to the teacher guide.

Teaching Briefs – This set of short briefs provides useful information on topics related to the content knowledge covered in the curriculum unit and/or the pedagogy required to teach it.

Video resources – The ‘Walker Water Challenge’ video can be used during instruction to introduce the design challenge to students. The ‘Think-aloud computational modeling video’ is intended to be a demonstration of how to construct a computational runoff model in the given computational environment.

Computational modeling and engineering design environments:

  • Computational modeling environment – This link will take you to the computational modeling environment where students will construct their runoff model (see video for how to construct model). Please allow a minute for the environment to load.
  • Engineering design environment – This link will take you to the computational modeling environment with a complete and correct runoff model that drives an engineering design simulation. Students will use the simulation to test and refine their schoolyard designs. Please refer to the Engineering Design Simulator How-To Guide for guidance on how to use the simulation.
  • If you would like students to save and retrieve their code across class periods, please reach out to us to create student accounts.

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