Stop Urban Runoff

  • Location
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Status
    Complete
  • Age Level
    8 to 10 Years

The Problem

Urban Runoff

Our Plan

Updating our green areas of the schoolyard to absorb water and diminish runoff in the school yard. Actions include: -Watershed Audit -adding trees to the yard -adding flowerbeds -installing an aeroponics system -starting a cricket farm to feed the fish in our aquaponics system

Themes Addressed

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    Clean Water
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    Climate Change
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    Sustainability
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    Zero Waste

The Benefit

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    Environment
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    People
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    Animals

Here is how the project went:

Students identified the issue that they wanted to address as urban runoff. To meet the challenges of urban runoff students took a many fold approach. 1) students audited the school yard and identified where we have the most runoff and will address it by working to add green space to the school 2)Designed River Cleaning Boats 3) Worked on sustainability by placing aquaponics tanks in multiple classrooms, composting, vermiculture, and a cricket farm to feed their aquaponics fishTh

Through this project I/we learned:

Students learned how to identify issues, work as a team, and problem solve.

What I/we might change:

As part of the engineering design challenge students love to make improved iterations of their designs. As for the Cricket Farm students built with roots and shoots funding, we would order smaller crickets to get started as the original crickets were a little large for the fish in our aquaponics systems.

My/our favorite part of this project was:

Students enjoyed the river cleaning boats most, but every step was a great learning experience.

Some tips, tricks or fun facts about the project:

Aquaponics, Cricket Farms, Composting, and Worm Farms are great ways to learn about sustainability.

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