Lesson 4

Water, Water Everywhere: Designing Water Filters

Designing a Water Filter / Grades 1-6 / North Chelmsford, MA

The EIE Curriculum

EiE - Water, Water Everywhere: Designing Water Filters, L4

Students focus on the environmental engineering problem of providing clean water as they imagine, plan, create, test, and improve their own water filters.

Reflection Questions

What do you notice about the activities students engage in during each step of the Engineering Design Process (EDP)?

Activities at each step of the EDP emphasize different thinking skills.

  • During the Imagine step, students work independently to come up with several ideas for water filter designs. (0:59)
  • During the Plan step, students collaborate to combine ideas and decide on one idea they will try. (1:50)
  • During the Create step, students get items from the materials store and build the water filter described in their plans. (3:17) They then test (4:01) and score their results. (4:36)
  • During the Improve step, students write out a second plan, rebuild their filters, then test and score the results. (9:22)

How does the structure of the EiE design challenge support and compliment the Montessori teaching method?

EiE and Montessori are both examples of project-based learning, with a focus on hands-on science and collaborative group work.

  • EiE is a hands-on curriculum, where students learn by doing. (4:08)
  • In EiE, students work in small, collaborative groups; value each other’s ideas; and take responsibility for their own learning. (2:59)
  • Both EiE and Montessori place emphasis on the process of learning, not on the product that students create. (10:21)