While engaging with real world problems is a great tool for engagement, it also comes with the potential for students (and teachers!) to feel overwhelmed with problems that seem too big to solve. One of the key innovations of the Weatherblur project to address this issue has been the online platform that brings together students, teachers, scientists, and community partners to work together to ask questions, design investigations, explore data, and act on our results.
A big hurdle for Weatherblur participants is often identifying who and what in their community should be part of the conversation and the solution. Mapping your community’s assets is a critical step in finding these special people, places, and things. Try this lesson sequence on how to map your community’s assets.