Educator Resources

  • This Exploratory/Makerspace Project is designed for integration and collaboration with middle school science, grades 6-8.

    The basic format and content of this project site serves as a springboard for your own additional iterations.

    The ultimate goal of this project is to explore the vital role water plays in our personal, communal, and global lives--and based on this role, adopt a more sustainable attitude and lifestyle towards our use of water.

    Moving from Thinking Globally to Acting Locally

    Through initial exploration of water in different local, national, and global contexts via exploratory stations, students then apply their learning to address our local water issues/needs via a PBL-style (Problem-Based Learning) simulated sustainability challenge from San Antonio's two main water authorities: SAWS (San Antonio Water System) and EAA (Edwards Aquifer Authority). For more about sustainability, see the resources below and those on the SAWS Challenge page.

    In this challenge, students can work independently or in teams to focus on and address a specific water issue or need and create a multimedia product or innovation to educate/persuade/influence the local population about it. See the SAWS Challenge page and SAWS Challenge Student Handout for more details.

    See the Suggested Pacing Guide for ideas on how to implement this project with classes.

    The project also lends itself to crossover collaboration with reading and social studies.

    Science TEKS:

    • 6.12E/6.7B
    • 7.8C
    • 8.11B

    Librarian Pre-Project Guide

    Additional Resources

    SAWS Challenge Student Handout

  • Sustainable Development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs as well.

Pacing Guide

  • The suggested timeline for this Makerspace project is eight 45 minute class periods.  These days can be spread out over the course of a nine week grading period or in any other way the teacher and librarian deem appropriate.  There are also suggestions if only one, three, or five days can be dedicated to this lesson.

    Eight Days Pacing:

    Days 1-2: Introductory Activity and Stations

    Days 3-4: Introduction to SAWS Challenge and research for project

    Days 5-7: Production of SAWS Challenge

    Day 8: Share


    Five Days Pacing Guide

    Day 1: Introductory Activity and complete 3/7 stations

    Day 2-4: Introduction to and production of SAWS Challenge

    Day 5: Share


    Three Days Pacing Guide

    Day 1: Introductory Activity and complete 2/7 stations and introduction to SAWS Challenge

    Day 2: Production of SAWS Challenge

    Day 3: Production of SAWS Challenge and share


    One Day Pacing Guide

    Day 1: Introductory Activity and complete 3/7 stations

Supplemental Extension Activities