Science - 2019-20
ENV.I Da-d - Future Solutions
VDOE Course Content and Process Guidelines
D. The student will analyze current environmental issues and apply the process of engineering design in order to propose feasible solutions. Key content includes
a. using engineering design is an iterative process in which science and mathematics principles are applied in the formation of a solution;
b. developing and evaluating multiple solutions or designs may be appropriate for an environmental problem;
c. evaluating solutions using different perspectives to include the scientific, engineering, economic, political, and social aspects of the problem; and
d. choosing a solution(s) requires balancing possible positive and negative impacts of a variety of competing interests.
UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD
The Virginia Environmental Science Course Content and Process Guidelines are designed to continue the student investigations that began in grades K-8. These outcomes integrate the study of many components of our environment, including the human impact on our planet. These outcomes focus on scientific inquiry, the physical world, the living environment, resource conservation, humans’ impact on the environment, and legal and civic responsibility. Instruction should focus on student data collection and analysis through laboratory experiences and field work. These should include descriptive and comparative studies as well as investigation (i.e. meaningful watershed educational experiences). It is expected that teachers will collaborate with museums, aquaria, nature centers, government agencies, associations, foundations, and private industry in efforts to engage the community, provide diverse points of view about the management of natural resources, and offer a variety of learning experiences and career education opportunities.