Subjects & Disciplines
- Explain what a drought is and what kinds of factors cause droughts.
- Develop a cause and effect pathway between climate change and water security for people around the world.
- Explore and evaluate solutions for conserving water.
- Review the human impact on Mount Everest’s watershed using a hyper-local lens.
- Produce a public education outreach campaign with a detailed and annotated sketch of their proposal.
- Share their proposal and scientific argument with an audience.
- Provide feedback on other students’ projects.
- Reflect on the project.
- Share their artistic model and argumentation with an audience.
- Review the human impact on Mount Everest’s watershed.
- Project-based learning
- Hands-on learning
- Information organization
- Multimedia instruction
- Self-directed learning
- 21st Century Student Outcomes
- 21st Century Themes
Critical Thinking Skills
Science and Engineering Practices
- Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
- Developing and using models
- Engaging in argument from evidence
- Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
Connections to National Standards, Principles, and Practices
What You’ll Need
The resources are also available at the top of the page.
- Internet Access: Required
- Internet access: Required
- Tech Setup: 1 computer per pair, Monitor/screen, Projector, Speakers
Prior to the activity:
- Identify and invite guests to engage with students’ campaign plans and arguments.
- Let students know what materials are available for them to use for their visual components of their projects.
You may decide to showcase students’ work in a place other than the classroom, such as the gymnasium, media center, library, performance space, theater, or auditorium.
- Heterogeneous grouping
- Large-group instruction
- Large-group learning
- Small-group learning
- Small-group work
- Students should know what freshwater is, how people use water, and where most fresh water comes from. They should have a sense of how the National Geographic and Rolex's Perpetual Planet Extreme Expedition to Mount Everest connects to water security.
- Students should have a basic understanding of their project work for the unit and how Mount Everest connects to water conservation issues.
all weather conditions for a given location over a period of time.
gradual changes in all the interconnected weather elements on our planet.
management of a natural resource to prevent exploitation, destruction, or neglect.
period of greatly reduced precipitation.
mountain range between India and Nepal.
highest spot on Earth, approximately 8,850 meters (29,035 feet). Mount Everest is part of the Himalaya and straddles the border of Nepal and China.
natural or man-made lake.
people and culture native to the Himalayan region of Nepal and China. Sherpa often serve as mountaineer guides and porters on mountain-climbing expeditions.
to recycle one or more items to create an object that is worth more than the original product.
process of lowering the amount of water used by homes and businesses.
movement of warm or cold air.