Ditch the Dirt…a NEW STEM challenge

We think young people will love it!

Practical Action’s latest Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) challenge ‘Ditch the Dirt’ offers a great opportunity for pupils to explore how simple water filtering techniques can remove so much ‘dirt’ from contaminated water.

Set around the real-life context where millions of people worldwide don’t have access to clean and safe drinking water, Ditch the Dirt enables pupils to find out for themselves how science and technology can play a critical role in developing sustainable solutions to global challenges.

Pupils start by exploring their own daily water use before learning about the challenges for many children and women in Turkana, Kenya to collect water from ground water holes, on average 3 miles from home.

Pupils then learn about the impact on health of drinking ‘dirty’ water before researching and developing their own  ideas for ‘cleaning’ water and making it safe to drink.

 

One of the primary science teachers involved in trialling the materials explains,

‘Setting these science investigations in a real-life context really motivated the pupils to develop the best filtering systems they could. It made the science relevant to them, they could clearly see how science can make a difference to peoples lives.’

We look forward to sharing stories from children and teachers who use the Ditch the Dirt challenge materials over the next months.

Enjoy them and please share the link with your own contacts of  teachers and parents.

The materials for Ditch the Dirt can all be found here. Ditch the Dirt.

 


 

 

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