Real-world Experiential Learning
MapThink is an educational toolkit series that introduces maps-based research methods to high school students. MapThink positions students as democratic citizens who are active participants in their community and advocates for just and sustainable cities. The MapThink Toolkit series was developed by HabitatMap, a non-profit environmental health justice organization that specializes in working with schools and community-based organizations to create planning and advocacy maps using their online tools: HabitatMap.org and AirCasting.org.
Go With The Flow
Go With the Flow is a short-term group research project that empowers high school students to investigate their water system through real-world learning and document their research findings using interactive web-based media. This project aligns with the Common Core Standards, teaches effective research and communication techniques and examines critical water issues from a geographical perspective. Go With the Flow is appropriate for high school English, science, and geography classes or courses with a focus on the environment and sustainability. Reading, writing, speaking and listening are emphasized throughout. Go With The Flow will guide students in investigating how homes and businesses are connected to water sources, how the facilities that provide clean water and dispose of dirty water are integrated into material flows and institutional networks that extend throughout and beyond the city, and how these flows and networks impact the geographic distribution of environmental burdens and benefits.
Why MapThink: Water for Classrooms?
Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of:
- Real-world and Inquiry-based Learning
- The Value of Teamwork, Group Problem Solving & Brainstorming
- Innovative Research Techniques & How to Write Effective Narrative
- Professional Communication Skills & Presentation Techniques
- Technology & New Media Platforms + Best Practices
- How We Relate to and Can Connect With the Community Around Us
- The Importance of Water