Student Missions

Student-driven interactive modules, for use in and outside of class.

Build Empathy and Context

Mission (A) It's Personal: How water and energy shape my life

Objective: I can describe the unique water and/or energy context of my community

Video: Drinking Water Cycle



Mission (B) Student Knowledge Self-Assessment

Objective: I can identify my current actions and beliefs related to water and energy



Mission (C) Real STEM Heroes

Objective: I can compare and contrast my own interests and aspirations with that of a real STEM professional



Mission (D) Your Estimated Use vs. Your Actual Use

Objective: I can predict how much water and energy my home consumes and identify potential opportunities to be more efficient



Mission (E): Locate and Document Your Meter(s)

Objective: I can find the utility meters at my home and draw/take a picture of their meter face



Mission (F) Log in and Accurately Record a Reading

*Power tip 1: Focus on reading YOUR meter, not trying to read every type of meter

*Power tip 2: Work in small groups with others tracking the same type of meter 


Next Milestone: establish a baseline

Objective: I can record enough data from my meter(s) -- usually at least three readings -- to establish a baseline of my home / school's "typical" consumption. When I run my experiment this baseline will help me evaluate the effect of my action(s).

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Mission (G) Comparing to Evaluate your Consumption

Develop context around your baseline usage numbers. 

Objective: I can model my usage against independent variables to help me identify patterns to  better understand how efficiently my home or school already operates. Optional variables to be investigated include: number of occupants, day of the week, time of day, age of the building, outside temperature, typical use in the region.



    Mission (H) Home and School Audit Investigations

    Objective: I can formulate hypothesis about

    • how water, natural gas, and/or electricity are uniquely used at my home and/or school;
    • what might be smart opportunities to use water, natural gas, and/or electricity more efficiently


    Mission (I) Design Your Experiment

    Objective: I can design an experiment that measures the affect of an efficiency action(s) or behavior(s) that I will implement

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    Optional: Mission (J) Stronger Together - Whole class Energy Challenge

    Capstone - savings from small behavior changes add up when we do them together -- lots of times! 

    Objective: As individuals and as a class, we can see how our collective actions and habits add up to have big impacts.


    Mission (K)  How will you communicate your findings?