EDUCATORS COLLABORATE ON-LINE TO DEVELOP AN EDUCATION MODULE ALIGNED WITH A HIGH SCHOOL EARTH SCIENCE NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARD
The team created an Earth Science module that allows students to connect solubility to karst geology and apply that to historical and current social issues: environmental injustices of a post-Civil War African American community and the Flint, Michigan water crisis. The identified water property of solubility was explored in depth through lessons and a student-based lab. The historical application involved the settlement of African Americans on cedar glades, a kind of agriculturally marginal karst landscape found at scattered locations throughout the South and Midwest. In the contemporary application, the Flint water crisis lesson, students apply what they learned about solubility to develop experiments to test the corrosion of pipes. The African American cedar glades historical settlement was only local for one team member and Flint, Michigan was not local for any team members, but, in the future, team members could use their individual strengths and expertise to develop additional enrichment lessons specific to their geographic locations.