Excellence in Ed grant application Spring 2019
The Groundwater Simulation System demonstrates the impact of environmental factors on groundwater resources. The Groundwater Simulation System is a model of the groundwater with aquifers, wells, lakes, pumps, septic and more. The system is like an Ant Farm Simulator but for groundwater. Students add food coloring, to represent point source contamination. Then students draw water from a pump and see the contaminant spread throughout the groundwater. Other concepts include: porosity and permeability, rate of groundwater flow, characteristics of aquifers, formation of a cone of depression, well contamination, surface leaching of pollutants, and more. Students add dye to show groundwater flow lines, the effects of pumping wells, and the impact of groundwater contamination on freshwater supplies.
At a previous school, I was honored a grant for a class set of this product which I used in Environmental Science. The groundwater simulation is easy to work with, easy to care for and easy to store. They are Length: 30", Width: 1½", Height: 15" and nest into cabinets. They store dry, so there is not an issue with mold or any such potential for damaging of the product.
Currently, I teach Honors Principles of Engineering at Truckee High School and intend to use the groundwater simulation in conjunction with the Civil Engineering Unit where we learn about water and sewage facilities. We also study hydraulics in engineering and the pumps on the groundwater simulation will provide a fantastic real world application and visual for the students. The course includes environmental concerns and this product clearly fits into our curriculum.
AP Environmental Science and Honors Principles of Engineering can share this product. The engineering students can share with elementary students on a STEAM fair and they can showcase the groundwater simulations on the CTE/ STEAM showcase days that are now occuring at Truckee High School twice a year.
Each kit costs $879.99 which includes: a clear acrylic tank and stand, two plastic recharge bottles with stoppers, four types of sand and gravel, funnel dispenser for tank setup, two 60 cc syringes for dye injection and well pumping, water soluble dye, and all the necessary fittings for system water flow and drainage. Its also includes a user’s guide with operating instructions, suggested activities, and background information. I am requesting a class set of six units for a total of $5,629.05 including shipping. Item # 470164-822 through Wards.