TRAILS 2.0 offers a place-based learning context that enables students to explore their local environment and connect with STEM professionals from their region.

Lesson focuses on students creating a working model of an ecological concept, the River Continuum Concept and demonstrating how human impacts change insect ecology. Students design a working model that shows river flow and compares and contrasts a natural ecosystem
Students study different types of arthropods and design 3D printed body armor for stuffed animals based on exoskeletons.  Students will present the 3D product with a tri-fold at the student art show. 
To prepare for the zombie apocalypse, students research and design a 12’ x 25’ room in which they can provide all their food and water needs.  .
The students will research what makes a good predator to design and 3D print a prototype of the ideal predatory insect.

This project is supported by the National Science Foundation, award # DRL – 2148781 (Purdue University) / 2148782 (University of Hawaii). Any opinions, and findings expressed in this material are the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF.

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