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Title: Adaptive WaTER Laboratory for K-12 Outreach on Sustainable Water Use PDF
Url: http://search.asee.org/search/fetch?url=file%3A%2F%2Flocalhost%2FE%3A...
Creator: Boyle, Paul
Houchens, Brent
Publisher: American Society for Engineering Education
Description: Over one billion people worldwide do not have access to a safe, reliable source of drinking water. Of these, up to five million will die each year of waterborne diseases due to unclean water sources and poor sanitation and hygiene1. As part of a capstone senior design project, an educational device was created to teach students in developed and developing nations about the environmental impacts of water contamination and to promote sustainable water utilization. To accomplish this goal an interactive, educational, cost-effective water purification system, known as the Adaptive Water Treatment for Education and Research Laboratory (Adaptive WaTER Lab), was developed. The design includes six different purification methods contained in individual housings that can be connected and reordered to create multiple purification solutions. The purification methods selected for this project include: sediment filtration, carbon filtration, chemical disinfection, reverse osmosis, forward osmosis, and ultraviolet light disinfection. Accompanying educational materials include lessons on contaminants, background information on the methods, seven laboratory experiments and study questions. The Lab has been demonstrated to over 300 students at several Houston-area schools (3rd -12th grade), thus disseminating knowledge on sustainable water use while receiving valuable feedback to improve the design. In addition to interactive demonstrations by students from Rice University, the system has been independently used by high school students in Houston for an Earth Day presentation. The use of the Adaptive WaTER Lab for an independent project, supervised by the authors and carried out by an underrepresented minority high school student, will be discussed. The student determined the effectiveness of the various purification techniques for removing contaminants ranging from dirt and sediment to chlorine and bacteria. Also, the student compared the various techniques based on the rates of production of clean water, operation costs, energy efficiencies and sustainability.
LC Classification: Bibliography. Library science. Information resources (General) -- Subject bibliography -- Environment (General and human). Human ecology -- Other special topics, A-Z -- Environmental engineering
Technology -- Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering -- Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering -- Noise and its control -- Special industries, facilities, activities, etc., A-Z -- Water treatment plants
Technology -- Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering -- Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering -- Water supply for domestic and industrial purposes -- Water purification. Water treatment and conditioning
GEM Subject: Science -- Engineering
Vocational Education -- Trade and industrial
Resource Type: Instructional Materials
Reading Materials
Science Materials
Teaching Guides
Format: pdf
Audience: College/University Instructors
Higher Education
Secondary Education
Technical School First Cycle
Technical School Second Cycle
University First Cycle
University Second Cycle
Vocational Training
Language: English
Rights: American Society for Engineering Education
Access Rights: Free access
Date Of Record Release: 2009-09-28 03:00:02 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2012-06-19 21:41:40 (W3C-DTF)
Source Type: ATE Center
Source: National Center for Manufacturing Education
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