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A PBL course encouraging students to learn about and solve drinking water issues in Rural China

The Path to Clean Water

Marker Beijing, China
PCW is a PBL courses in which students will delve into the drinking water issues in rural China and collaborate to design a comprehensive solution to the real challenge faced by two villages in Gansu/Hebei province. The course responds to the call of the United Nations, and encourages students to apply what they learn at school to solving global SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) problems.
Introduction

What is The Path to Clean Water?

“What I like about this project is that it creates awareness. The students in PCW project learned a lot, aside from all the skills, they also learned that 'I have to do my part to make the environment better, to make the water better'.”

“The Path to Clean Water” is one of the serial courses developed by SDGo. This is an “episode style” PBL course, in which students will delve into the drinking water issues in rural China through solving episode-by-episode challenges. Starting from specified problems related to “residual chlorine”, “TDS”, “water hardness”, “nitrate”, “turbidity” and other social/economical factors that affect access to clean water, students will develop the ability to assess and cope with different situations, after which they will eventually collaborate to design a comprehensive solution to the real challenge faced by two villages in Gansu/Hebei province, as their independent open-ended project.

“PCW” is a fictitious non-governmental organization based on a real NGO in China - Greenovation. Since its launching in 2011, Greenovation team has travelled all over China making efforts to assist rural Chinese people to have better quality drinking water. This course allows students to experience Greenovation’s stories, and to gain insights into real-life social issues. 

“The Path to Clean Water” course covers subjects such as physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, design, and engineering. The course also responds to the call of the United Nations, and encourages students to apply what they learn at school to solving global SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) problems. SDGo strongly believes that the best education is the combination of science, phronesis, and creativity. 

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Intended Outcomes
55
Views
10 - 18
Age Group
2017
Established
Resources Needed
Water test strips (e.g. for Nitrate) Materials to purify water (e.g. activated carbon) Beakers
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Explaining how the purifier can be used in the Gansu school to the audience
Design a water purifier that is effective and suitable for a rural primary school
The Gansu field report
Testing the purifier made from scratch
The toolbox
Posters created by students for water safety education
Doing experiments and discussing on how to purifying the water
Making the first water purifier prototype

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