Extend: Save the Birds
DCIs: ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems; ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions; ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution; LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans; ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems
SEPs: Asking questions (for science); Developing and using models; Planning and carrying out investigations; Analyzing and interpreting data; Using mathematics and computational thinking; Constructing explanations (for science); Engaging in Argument from Evidence; Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating information
CCCs: Patterns; Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Explanation; Scale, Proportion, and Quantity; Systems and System Models; Energy and Matter: Flows, Cycles, and Conservation; Structure and Function; Stability and Change
CA EPs & Cs:
Time: 1 Day, 20 minutes (project time could be 1 week+, teacher discretion)
Prep: Review Lesson Plan, create a rubric
What role does the California condor play in the California ecosystem, and how do changes in the ecosystem impact condors over time?
1. Intro: What does the California condor need to thrive again or to be taken off the endangered species list?
How can YOU help!?
What are some solutions?
Can you DESIGN something to help?
2. Elaborate: Save the Birds
Students will choose a project: design a product/app, create a PSA, scientific poster, art piece, develop a technique for field biologists or Zoo staff, etc…
3. Teacher’s share top projects with SB Zoo and FWS