Over the last week we have been helping our friend Salila in India design a water filter that could be used to clean water from her local river, the Ganges River. Salila, daughter to an environmental engineer went through the Engineering Design Process to design a filter that would cleaner polluted water by removing particles, changing the color and in an efficient amount of time. She also made sure that her water filter was affordable.
Engineers on the Endeavor Team joined Salila in the challenge. In groups of 3 or 4 we designed water filters using household objects like screens, coffee filters, cotton balls, cheese cloth, sand and gravel. We designed our filters to be inexpensive, efficient and to remove particles and color from our polluted mystery water! The cooperative aspect of this engineering design project went above and beyond my expectations. Students made decisions together in fair ways, they contributed to group discussions, they held jobs, they cleaned up and supported one another in reflecting upon their design and thinking about improvements. Each group tested two filter designs and every group designed a filter that removed particles and improved the color of the mystery water! Enjoy the photos below!
We had an amazing time at Fort Ticonderoga!
Looking forward to our trip on Monday to Shelburne Museum!