By Donny Roush, Urban Waters Program Director, Earth Force
I contend there’s a sweet spot of overlap between stormwater management and STEM education. How’s that?
Consider these two objectives: “education and outreach” is the first required control measure of a stormwater system and new national education standards contain heightened calls for more hands-on application of science and engineering by students. See that?
Students investigating stormwater, and—with guidance from educators and engineers—devising novel solutions to runoff issues hits both of those targets. The guiding question is “How does water move around our city?”
Stormwater presents a compelling topic for local, relevant and meaningful investigations by students and their teachers. Denver Public Works and Earth Force have spent the last five years reimagining stormwater education. Our revised program rests on these axioms:
- Stormwater is a resource.
- Watersheds are infrastructure.
- Engineering is problem-solving.
- Youth are stakeholders.
Upon these concepts, we’ve built “Keep It…
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