California Academy of Sciences: Sustainable Water Solutions - Weighing the Pros and Cons

How do we assess the benefits and drawbacks of various solutions to a problem?

To decide how one potential solution compares to another, we have to consider the pros and cons of each from many dimensions: environmental, social, cultural, and economic.

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In this activity, students will work together to map out the strengths and limitations of potential solutions to some important water use and conservation issues.  This lesson is part of a larger unit whereby students practice different steps in design thinking within the context of issues surrounding our global water system. In this exercise, students will practice comparing potential solutions in order to prepare for the culminating activity of the unit: a design thinking challenge.


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Conservation & Sustainability, Hydrology
Middle School, High School, Educator
6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade

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