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.

Students will study the physics behind different types of flight and using biomimicry design a simple flying machine.
Using principles of ecosystem interactions and buoyancy, students will design and 3D print real fishing lures that imitate the behaviors of aquatic insects.
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
The students will explore the causes and effects of erosion and how a healthy riparian zone can work. They will test water health based on the aquatic insects they find and compare their water health findings to how the waterway

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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