Instructions and Help
This is a telecollaborative project, which means that your class will be collaborating with other students from all over the world. Classes are encouraged to use Collaboration Central to post letters of introduction, carry out meetings and discussions with other participating classes, and to submit documents, drawings, and final reports. You may also submit photos of your class to be posted on our web site. It is our hope that in this way students can learn about each other and expand their horizons in addition to engaging in engineering, technology, and science activities.
A detailed schedule is available by selecting the Schedule option on the menu bar. It lists the basic steps you need to take in order to implement the project, and also gives key due dates for specific assignments. In order for participating schools to effectively collaborate in the design and production of a final product, it is important for all classes to adhere to the schedule.
This project is offered completely free of charge. All you need to do is sign up so that we can keep track of the various schools participating. To do so, go here: Registration.
Please review each of the lessons carefully and use your judgment for allocating class time.
Students will work in teams to take on various roles in the design of a system for water purification. Lessons and activities around water purification and treatment may have been done in many classrooms on different levels but this module attempts to tie those skills using a systems engineering approach.
Information about the equipment, tools and materials you will need may be found here.
The Standards for Technological Literacy, National Educational Technology Standards, the National Science Education Standards, and the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards that are satisfied by this project are available here: Curriculum Standards (TBD)
Materials Available on this Site
The student worksheets in each lesson are in Microsoft Word. If you have difficulty opening any of the worksheets, please let the project leader know. The Reference Materials section has many links related to helpful resources. It also contains links to online experts that may be contacted for answering certain types of related questions as well as contact information for the
Mirror Site Information
A mirror site is a copy of this web site which is located on a different computer, acting as a back-up in case our computer server, network, or electrical power is down for any reason. The mirror site is updated once a day to reflect any changes made to the web site in the previous 24 hours. You can access the project mirror site at the web site address:
Write down the mirror site address in a place where you will have quick and easy access to it if need be. If possible, print out this page to keep for future reference.