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Developed by Penn State Extension, Rain to Drain - Slow the Flow is a hands-on stormwater education curriculum. This experiment style series of activities leads youth and adults to a better understanding of the movement of stormwater in natural and developed communities. It's also a great introduction to green infrastructure and stormwater best management practices.
This curriculum is designed to be used by middle-school aged youth; it is also easily adaptable to older and younger youth and also for adults. Rain to Drain ties to Pennsylvania Academic Standards in Science and Environment & Ecology; see a full listing here.
Are you interested in learning more about the curriculum, straight from the author and a 4-H educator? Watch a webinar all about the curriculum, available here.
I used this curriculum to teach elementary school AIG classes (grades 2-5). It was VERY easy to follow and fit well in two 1-hr sessions. I was able to conduct the experiments with the younger group and keep the concepts simple - the kids loved experimenting with the different community set-ups. That said, I think this curriculum really shines with the 4th-5th graders and probably easily fits with middle school science as well. I went a little deeper with the experiments in the 4th-5th grade classes and the inclusion of math and physics was great. This was one of the easiest hands-on STEM activities I have done, and possibly one of the most well received by the teacher and students. The materials were very easy and inexpensive to come by and make - I will be keeping this kit for future use!
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