A collaborative STEM project (Language Arts, Art, Science, Math, & Social Studies)Driving Questions:
- How have advances in biotechnology and agri-science affected society?
- How can we solve the flooding problem in front of the art room in an artistic, environmentally friendly way?
To answer the questions, the 7th grade class of North Duplin Jr./Sr. High School was challenged to stop flooding in a certain area. We had to solve the problem using a form of art called Earth Art. We were allotted 3 weeks at 45 minutes each day to solve the problem. A grant of $1000 was given to our class to fund the art project.Before doing anything else, we measured the problem area. The next steps were finding out what materials we could use and making blue prints of the area’s design. We came up with several ideas but ended up combining our two favorites into one plan due to the limited amount of supplies. Lastly, the supplies were ordered, and we waited for them to arrive.
Working the Problem
When we got the supplies we went straight to work
- carrying buckets of sand to the area
- layering 1 ton of sand and spreading it using yard sticks
- spreading 1 ton of pea gravel over the sand
- marking the area where the .25 ton of lava rock would go
- laying the rock in that marked area
- layering on top some stepping stones painted by the high-schoolers
- decorating with a sculpture of birds we created
- putting out a few bird houses
- calculating the area’s volume as 105,471.58 cubic inches
No More Flooding
In conclusion, we have created a masterpiece that solved the flooding outside the art room. With dedication, the problem came to a solution, because we greatly reduced the amount of standing water. The water level decreased from 6 inches to 2 inches.After all the hard work, we hope our project is enjoyed by our fellow students at North Duplin Jr./Sr. High School.
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