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Do-It-Yourself Drinking Water

Authored by EcoRise and Representaciones e Inteligencia Sustentable

85 minutes
One 55-minute class period, time (at least 6 hours) to let the water purify in the sunlight, and one 30-minute class period
Primary subjects: 
Civics and Government, Science
Grade: 
9, 10
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The purpose of this lesson is to give students an opportunity to learn firsthand how water can be disinfected using the SODIS (Solar Disinfection) method. Students follow a few simple steps to learn this low-tech solution that many people in many developing nations use to increase their access to safe drinking water.

Key objectives for students
Construct a water-disinfection system to generate safe drinking water.
Assess the value of the SODIS method in improving human lives.
Secondary subjects
Career Technical Education (CTE), Chemistry, Economics, Reading or Language Arts
Topics
water purification, SODIS, reuse
Skills
Collaboration, Communication skills, Creative problem solving, Critical Thinking, Systems thinking
Values
Curiosity, Empathy, Global Leadership, Mindfulness, Optimism, Resilience
Methods
Brain-Based Learning, Design Thinking, Multi-Disciplinary, Multiple Intelligences, Project-Based Learning, Real-World Application, Technology Integration
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