Down the Drain Lab
|Duration: 90 minutes
Available Times: 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
*Start and end times may be flexible. Please speak to the Group Reservations specialist when booking.
|Concepts/Skills: Gravity, watershed, pollution, cause and effect, importance of water, engineering design process
Design and construct different types of storm drain grates to keep trash out of the Bay’s watershed from San Jose to the Pacific Ocean. Students discover how water systems function and how to use science and their own ideas to protect Earth’s natural resources.
Design a robust learning experience by selecting resources from this guide that fit the needs of your students. Reinforce learning before, after and even during your visit by diving deeper into some of the science and engineering concepts.
Lessons marked with an orange gear icon address engineering within the Next Generation Science Standards.
Connecting with Climate
Explore how to problem-solve when approaching large-scale, multidimensional issues like climate change.
Lesson: 90 minutes
Drain or Dispose?
Review these tips for what can and cannot go down the drain. Play a quick game: Pick something on the list. Should you drain or dispose?
Activity: 15+ minutes
Students work together to create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) which educates others about protecting our planet.
Lesson: 120 minutes
Make connections between learning from the lab and the exhibits and programs found in The Tech Interactive’s galleries. For more exhibit connections, see the Lab Guide above.
The H2O Show
In The H2O Show quiz, students can compete to gather points based on their water knowledge and walk away with an ocean of water knowledge — and bragging rights!
Sea Level Rise and Sea Level Rise Future Solutions
An in-depth look at future sea level rise and how it will impact different areas around the world. Then move to the interactive Future Solutions exhibit area, where students can imagine and draw ways to help protect areas from sea level rise.