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Curiosity Labs is a series sponsored by MilliporeSigma Corporation that connects their scientists with Mead Public Library patrons. Attendees will be treated to themed science presentations and will participate in hands-on group experiments.
MilliporeSigma is a global life science and high technology company that has a local branch in Sheboygan Falls. With the belief that corporations have a responsibility to be good citizens in their communities, we have strong commitments in the areas of scientific research and economic development through science and STEM education. While we support many STEM programs and organizations around the world, we have also created our own program called Curiosity Labs.
This lesson aims to answer the following essential questions:
• How much of the water on Earth is potable?
• How can you use engineering to clean dirty water?
• How do different components of the water filter work?
• What is different about what a scientist does and what an engineer does?
Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning and Resilience, Human Impacts on Earth Systems, Defining and Delimiting Engineering Design Problems, Developing Possible Solutions, Optimizing the Design Solution
In this activity, students learn that of all of the water on Earth, only a very small percentage is potable, or safe for drinking. Students use this information as motivation to design a water filter using the engineering design process. After creating a prototype of their design, students test their filter by pouring dirty water through it. The process of filtration is tied to the physical properties of matter, and students learn how water filtration is used in the industry by scientists and individuals. Finally, students test their clean water by recording visual observations and testing the chlorine content of the water.
Preregistration is required. Open to ages 8 - adult; children under 12 must be registered with an adult.