Understanding responses to the current COVID-19 pandemic and solving other pressing global and local problems requires the ability to develop and use models and apply both system thinking and computational thinking. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) include systems and system models as one of the crosscutting concepts, and developing and using models and using […]
The Watershed Awareness using Technology and Environmental Research for Sustainability project project teaches a systems approach to problem solving through hands-on, inquiry-based learning activities based on real national and local data to explore local watershed issues.
The Concord Consortium and Michigan State University are collaborating to research technological, curricular, and pedagogical scaffolds needed to support students and teachers in developing computational thinking in the context of system modeling.
Providing students and teachers with access to scientifically valid and easy-to-use watershed tools to accurately examine their own neighborhoods, to define local environmental problems or challenges, and to develop solutions to improve their environment.