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A DIY Groundwater Model

Grade Level Grades 6-12
Resource Type Activity, Handout
Standards Alignment
Next Generation Science Standards

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Why do events like the Gold King Mine spill influence so many individuals, in so many ways? How does water travel above and below ground, and how can we use that information to predict who is affected by surface and groundwater contamination? To find out, you’ll create a model of a shared natural underground water supply—a shared aquifer—and experiment with how simulated contaminants move through the aquifer by conducting your own water testing.  

Educators, fear not: We’ve got DIY Groundwater Model Instructions that with a little elbow grease and $60 in parts will make 10 working groundwater models (for groups of three students) that you can use year after year!

Teachers, you can find the full resource on Science Friday's website by clicking here.

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Groundwater-Simulation-Student-Instructions.pdf

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February 13, 2020
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Groundwater-Model_-Materials-and-Equipment.pdf

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February 13, 2020
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Groundwater-Vocabulary-Worksheet.pdf

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February 13, 2020
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plume-visualization-table.docx.pdf

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February 13, 2020
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Instructions-for-building-a-three-pump-shared-aquifer-model.pdf

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February 13, 2020
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Breakthrough: Bitter Water
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Standards

Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth’s mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geoscience processes.

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