STEAM CURRICULUM - COLORADO RIVER PROJECT
STEAM LESSONS & PROJECTS
- Colorado River Presentation (PwPt)
- Colorado River Project - Leader Guide
- Colorado River Inspiration Deck (PDF)
The Colorado River was recently declared the most endangered water way in the United States. This remarkable and precious resource provides for 7 western states and over 30 million people. Yet the river has not regularly met the sea at its delta in Mexico since the 1960s. The Colorado River is the most legislated and litigated river in the world and a critical issue for students, especially in the West, to understand as it will shape their futures. Between over use, poor management, increased population and climate effects, the Colorado River is over allocated and may not be able to sustain the desert environments which depend on its life-giving resource.
During the Colorado River Project, students take a critical and collaborative approach to investigate and celebrate the Colorado River. Their final digital stories feature student produced narrations and gorgeous illustrations detailing critical scientific, environmental, economic and humanistic issues. Each learner becomes an"expert" on a Colorado River topic which, when united, tells the story of this river's 1,450 mile journey in innovative ways. Students investigate topics including population centers, dams and diversions, major tributaries, agriculture, national parks, recreation, history, geology and ecology. Students illustrate their topics through a variety of art media and synthesize their investigation through personal narrations. Their dynamic and enduring video traverses the issues and landscapes surrounding this crucial resource while taking viewers on their own informative journey.