“We sit in the mud and reach for the stars.” Ivan Turgenev

This semester, as part of their Earth Science unit, Upper Elementary and Middle School students study a portion of the school yard which becomes excessively muddy during heavy rains.  Applying scientific knowledge to solve a real-world problem is one of the primary goals of the NGSS curriculum taught by Mother Sita.

Here they have identified evidence of recent geologic changes. After making initial observations, students generate a list of questions that they will investigate further.  They’re curious and excited to learn about topics like erosion and deposition, soil layers, storm water runoff, flash flooding events, and how the water can be slowed down in our schoolyard to minimize the damage heavy rains causes to this particular spot.

We’ll keep you informed of their progress!