The purpose of the NOAA Design Challenge is for students to research and design the most effective strategy for preventing or removing nonpoint source pollution from the water of the Chesapeake Bay or the streams that flow into it.
Award: All students who submit solutions will be recognized by the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education. Finalists will present to the Chesapeake Bay Program Management Board who will select the winning team. The names of the winning team will be displayed on a NOAA Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS) buoy.
Students can submit solutions to STEMChallenge@MBRT.org. Submissions must include the school, teacher name, and name of students on the team.
There are two optional lessons that demonstrate how the challenge can be implemented during the instructional day. Each lesson allows students to analyze Bay health and differentiate between point and nonpoint source polllution.
Lesson 1 - Reducing Nonpoint Source Pollution: Students analyze Bay pollutants and employ the engineering design process to design a solution to reduce nonpoint source pollution in the Bay.
Lesson 2- Reverse Engineering & Nonpoint Source Pollution: Students conduct field studies and employ reverse engineering to analyze existing solutions and develop a design brief outlining their plan to improve upon existing technology.
Lesson 3 - Predicting Future Trends: Students will analyze data for sediment and nutrient levels in the Chesapeake Bay over a defined period of time and produce a scatter plot with a line of best fit for the data. They will use data to predict future trends and propose solutions to reduce future sediment and nutrient levels in the Bay.
Students will be able to:
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