In The Make, students will:

Participate in a Biodiversity Nature Walk in order to identify organisms inhabiting the schoolyard ecosystem and create a diagram of how organisms are connected to one another within the schoolyard ecosystem. They then will roll the “Dice of Destiny” to encounter an environmental stressor and predict how the environmental stressor could impact on the biodiversity within the schoolyard ecosystem.

MS-ETS1-1: Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
MS-LS2-4: Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
MS-LS2-5: Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Time Required: 200 minutes