Teachers will receive support as they engage students in a groundwater curriculum with a focus on monitoring well water for arsenic and sharing data with their communities. Below are existing curriculums and activities teachers can draw upon:
- Developed at the University of Maine Mitchell Center, Get Wet! brings collaborative environmental research focused on safe drinking water into the classroom.
- The Arsenic Arresters, a group of 8th graders, led a research project with the goal of decreasing the amount of arsenic contamination in their community, creating an educational campaign, outreach materials, and public awareness days.
- The California Academy of Sciences Citizen Science Toolkit is designed to help educators integrate citizen science projects into classroom curricula. It has lessons, readings and worksheets to help communicate the value of citizen science to students and cultivate their sense of empowerment and impact when performing science investigations.
- Students Discover is a collection of middle school science curriculum modules that engage students in citizen science projects that range from measuring fossilized shark teeth to documenting the diet preferences of ants.
- Dartmouth Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center arsenic tool. An interactive website that helps people understand the harmful effects of arsenic in common foods, and provides simple measures they can take to lower their arsenic exposure. The website is designed to make it easily accessible to all users; it includes main sections on how arsenic gets into food, tips to reduce arsenic exposure, effects of arsenic, and additional research (from Arsenic and You).
- The Environmental Health Student Portal, a product of the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, provides a safe and useful resource for students and teachers in grades 6–8 to learn how the environment can impact our health. The portal has a page on arsenic that communicates basic arsenic science and links to videos and resources for teachers (from Arsenic and You).
- Environmental Inquiry provides a collection of background information, experiments, reports, and other curricular materials for high school students. Check out their Toxicology Bioassays section, which has experiments using Duckweed and Daphnia. Each teacher will receive a copy of the book Assessing Toxic Risk, which has additional materials for teaching.