Big Ideas Of Science
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This inclusive environmental ILS was designed following the cultural impact and aims to bring the creativity out of every student. Due to the incapacity of some owners to maintain their swimming pools, students explore innovative ideas to transform an empty swimming pool into alternative uses, more sustainable in terms of water management. After getting inspired by several solutions, they design and present their own.
After this activity, students should be able to:
- Describe the historical evolution of swimming pools
- Calculate the volume of a swimming pool
- Investigate how the shape and the dimensions of a swimming pool affect its volume
- Create and present innovative ideas for swimming pool transformations.
This ILS may be used as a standalone project. At the same time, if a teacher would like to design a holistic engaging student’s enterprise “Water Consumption” (for primary school) a set of three ILSs could be used as a starting point.
The students can launch with understanding the concept of evaporation and use it to explain why water in swimming pools can get lost (Water Consumption: Can water in swimming pools get lost?). Then they may analyse the socio-economic aspects of the increased number of swimming pools in relation to the municipalities, the tourism industry and the local residents (Water Consumption: Swimming pools and the tourism industry). Finally, they can complete this ILS.
The ILS design is following the principles of the universal design for learning (UDL) for inclusive learning.
Reviewer: Olga Dziabenko
This activity was developed in the framework of the InSTEAM project.
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