Our Theme: Ecosystem Health and Sustainability

Science Partners in Inquiry-based Collaborative Education

Our theme is Ecosystem Health and Sustainability, which we define as the impact of humans on the functioning of ecosystems (Ecosystem Health) and the means by which negative impacts can be mitigated (Ecosystem Sustainability).

We believe this theme is especially appropriate for inquiry-based lessons because:

(1) Most children are inherently interested in nature and the environment

(2) The environment is easily accessible and children interact with it daily

(3) Environmental issues such as air and water quality are frequently brought to the attention of students and parents via local, national, and international news – thus they are broadly relevant

(4) Human impacts on the environment are easily studied, yet enormously complex

(5) Ecosystem Health and Sustainability is a broad and integrative theme including practically all fields of science and engineering.

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