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Building Eco-Friendly Communities

Authored by Dream in Green

180 minutes
Three 60-minute sessions
Primary subjects: 
Career and Technical Education (CTE): Architecture & Construction, Environmental Education, Science
Grade: 
9, 10, 11, 12
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In this STEM design project, students will research and identify what makes a community more eco-friendly by exploring the natural landscape of their own community, its biodiversity, animal habitats and green spaces. Students will then design and create a scale drawing of an existing neighborhood, changing or improving its natural and man-made features by taking into account the plants and animals that live there and their needs by applying their knowledge of various habitats to preserve its biodiversity while making room for human inhabitants.

Key objectives for students
Research why biodiversity is important, and identify the negative effects of a lack of biodiversity in a habitat.
Describe the impact on ecosystems due to natural and/or man made changes to the environment.
Predict what might happen to the populations in that ecosystem because of these changes
Plan and design ideal Eco-Neighborhood or Eco-City with elements that counteract natural/man-made changes that alter an ecosystem so as not to upset the natural balance.
Secondary subjects
Geography, Mathematics, Social Studies
Topics
Biodiversity, Habitats, Ecosystems, Scale Drawing
Skills
Collaboration, Communication skills, Creative problem solving
Values
Resilience
Methods
Multi-Disciplinary, Project-Based Learning, Real-World Application
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