Water Conservation in NM

Water Conservation in New Mexico

Middle School Science Series

 

Part 1: Why Waffles Work

 

Experiment with water conservation methods in your own backyard or neighborhood! In this video we talk about waffle gardens and land contouring and give you instructions to do an experiment on water conservation.

 

 

This activity is aligned with the following NGSS Dimensions.  

Science and Engineering Practices:

Planning and Carrying Out Investigations; and Developing and Using Models

 

Crosscutting Concepts:

Cause and Effect; and Scale, Proportion, and Quantity

 

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

Natural Resources; Human Impacts on Earth Systems; and Optimizing the Design Solution

 


Part 2: What’s Data ‘Bout

 

Explore the data behind water conservation in New Mexico, and consider how you can save water at home! In this video we will examine data on how New Mexicans use water and challenge you to find ways to remind people to save water in your home.

 

 

This activity is aligned with the following NGSS Dimensions.  

Science and Engineering Practices:

Analyzing and Interpreting Data; Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions; and Engaging in Argument from Evidence

 

Crosscutting Concepts:

Patterns; Cause and Effect; and Scale, Proportion, and Quantity

 

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

Weather and Climate; Natural Resources; Human Impacts on Earth Systems; and Global Climate Change

 


Part 3: Make it Rain

 

Design a way to collect rainwater off a rooftop to save water like New Mexicans have been doing for hundreds of years! We will show you the rooftop rainwater harvesting system at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park, then give you a chance to test your design skills and make your own.

 

 

This activity is aligned with the following NGSS Dimensions.  

Science and Engineering Practices:

Planning and Carrying Out Investigations; and Developing and Using Models

 

Crosscutting Concepts:

Scale, Proportion, and Quantity

 

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

Natural Resources; Human Impacts on Earth Systems; and Optimizing the Design Solution