“What are we doing today?”
“We are making clean water.”
“What? Ms. Kim you always bring the weird experiments. I’m not saying it in a bad way.”
As the girls were all settled, I brought up the concept we were about to do together, “Clean Water Project.” I had the girls take notes while watching the interactive online lesson; all of the girls were so engaged. Faith didn’t want to take notes at all so I let her just watch and remember the procedure, but she took notes. She did it! As we moved to the experiment Brianna got up, marker in hand, and began to lead the class through the steps of the scientific process. Wow, I did nothing! I just let it flow as they were. They were making the whole class! It was so amazing to see the girls grow in curiosity. They all took a turn to be a part of it–Faith did the first step by shaking the swamp water in the bottle–I couldn’t capture her in a photo. She was shaking the bottle and her body as well.
We made a water filter by creating a layer with pebbles, coarse sand, and white beach sand. I couldn’t find a measuring cup, but Micha volunteered to be a measuring cup–actually her hands. Amorianna, Ashley, and Brianna made the layer together. Team work, yay! Then we poured the dirty swamp water little by little through the filter. We filtered the water twice to have a better result.
For journaling, I shared a little of my experience helping little children and women in India, where there was no access to the clean water even the restrooms. The poor people that live on the mountain valley had no access to clean water, restrooms, and no schools at all for little children. They would sleep on concrete floors. My team and I joined the families and slept on the concrete floors for 15 days while building a small restroom for the mountain village people. Once I shared a little of my life in India, the girls had a better idea with “Clean Water Project.” The journal prompt was: “Based on this experiment, how would you support or help others in order to provide the clean water?”
Brianna said, “We can fund a trip to Africa. We can educate them like teach this experiment then help them go to the school.” Micha had stunning questions, more political, “Do the rich people know this? Why aren’t they helping them? Is there any way for the companies to do this?” Honestly I did not have an answer for her. I still don’t. It is sad, very sad to see how unfair the world is, but I see hope right here in our classroom. I believe we, Sisters4Science girls, are hope for this world. We are taking a tiny step, but we are making an amazing difference together!