The Power of Water ~ The Power of Place

This is an inquiry-based institute. As such we see all participants as historians and scientists investigating, sharing, and reflecting on new knowledge as part of a common journey. Each day has a new investigation that moves through the inquiry cycle from connecting -> asking questions -> investigating both scientific and historical evidence -> constructing new understandings -> sharing new ideas with others -> reflecting on the process. 

At the end of each day we will be adding our new ideas to a collaborative GIS StoryMap. Layers on the map reveal the interweaving stories about civic, historical, and environmental locations on the Mill Brook Watershed. 

On Friday we’ll weave these layers together and create a Valley Quest that teaches students, their families, and community members about how watersheds work, how humans impact the river ecosystem, and how we can all work together to create more resilient communities.

  • How do rivers work?
  • How do rivers function within a watershed?
  • What is resilience?

Thursday, July 7: The Power of Place

Essential Questions:
  • Who owns the water? What are water rights?
  • How did industry impact the river? How did the river power industry?
  • How do people upstream impact people downstream?
Activities (located at American Precision Museum):
  • Historical layers on a watershed—Historical Maps and the Industrial Census 
  • Understanding water power 
Friday, July 8: Connecting our Classrooms to the Community

Essential Questions: 
  • How do human activities on the river in the past impact the river today?
  • How do our actions and decisions today impact the future?
  • How do we synthesize new understandings about what makes a watershed resilient?
  • How do we connect our classrooms to the community and share our knowledge?
  • Introduction to community service and citizen science opportunities connected to watershed education.
  • Valley Questing
  • Planning Time 

Institute Partners:

  • American Precision Museum
  • Ottauquechee Natural Resources Conservation District
  • Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission
  • Valley Quest

Support for this institute has been provided by the High Meadows Fund
Flow of History,
Apr 27, 2016, 12:53 PM
Flow of History,
Apr 27, 2016, 12:52 PM