"The Big Oil Spill":
What an exciting opportunity for the students to learn and become a productive individual in their community, by learning and understanding that each and everyone plays a huge part in protecting the environment. This project will instill a lifetime commitment to developing values that lead to protecting our wild life. The MEA is a realistic, real life experience that could be translated into everyday experiences.
Cookies and Treats:
Fourth graders will help Cookies and Treats find eco-friendly packaging for its cookies. Students will work with decimals and data in order to develop a procedure for ranking and choosing packaging for cookies.
Earth-Friendly Party Planning:
In this MEA the Parent-Teacher Group asks the students to help them plan a fun yet environmentally friendly end-of-the-year party.
This Model Eliciting Activity (MEA) is written at a 4th grade level. The Pollinator MEA provides students with an engineering problem in which they must work as a team to design a procedure to select the best pollinator for certain situations.
Students will learn about recycling renewable and nonrenewable resources while completing a model eliciting activity in which they help Sunshine School District to decide which material to start their recycling program with.
Slither Not in the Everglades! Python MEA:
This is a 4th grade MEA. This MEA will ask students to work in teams to help their client, The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Juvenile Commission, to decide which Burmese Pythons traps manufacturing company is the most economical to buy traps from. The traps will be placed along the Florida Keys and the Everglades to further help prevent the growth of Burmese Pythons species invasion. The students will implement their knowledge of how plants, animals, and humans impact the environment, use mathematical and analytical problem-solving strategies, and be able report their finding in an organized, descriptive manner.
The Biological Nature Preserve:
This Model-Eliciting Activity (MEA) is written on a 4th grade level. In this open-ended problem, the Biological Nature Preserve MEA provides students with an engineering problem where they must work as a team to analyze data to choose the best tree to plant in the serenity garden. The students will consider the cost, shade, height, leaf color, maintenance, and growth rate to choose the best tree that not only will benefit the environment but also this nature preserve. The students will work in teams to decide on a process of how to rank these trees from "best to worst" as well as explain how they arrived at their solution using a letter format.