Water Filtration Challenge

This Water Filtration Challenge activity & project also includes:

Can the class think like the scientists on the International Space Station? Engineers design, test, collect data, and improve a water filtration device similar to a system found on the ISS. Participants use pH strips, optional conductivity testers, and qualitative observational skills to collect data and improve their filters.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have investigators build and check conductivity testers prior to the activity as a way to introduce the water quality challenge
  • Assign roles to team members to organize workflow and facilitate collaboration
Classroom Considerations
  • Uses a variety of materials for filter construction to gather ahead of time
  • Caution students to avoid consuming any water produced during the activity
  • NGSS-aligned activity also incorporates the engineering design process
  • Includes extension ideas to continue the learning
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