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Tracing the water cycle, from precipitation to surface water runoff and groundwater, students investigate how humans impact the health of the environment. Through stories of everyday activities, students make predictions, conduct observations, and formulate conclusions as our staff conduct live experiments. After observing tests of several water filtering methods, students propose changes to improve the design and discuss ways in which their community can reduce its impact on the planet's resources. 

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About This Program


Point to Point: $125.00


1 hour

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 5, 6, 7, 8, Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod

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Primary Disciplines

STEM, Sciences, Problem Solving, Gifted & Talented , environmental science

Program Delivery Mode

Zoom, Contact us about using alternate platforms.

Booking Information

Please contact us for available dates and times.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Two weeks notice for cancellations.

The Tsongas Industrial History Center — an education partnership between the University of Massachusetts Lowell College of Education and the National Park Service at Lowell National Historical Park — is a hands-on center where students, grade-school through college, learn about the American Industrial Revolution through activities, tours, and virtual programs of the sites where history and science happened. 

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Program Details


The program is interactive and participatory. Students engage our staff and each other in conversation and make predictions, observations, and draw conclusions about experiments.

Classroom, home, and hybrid options are available. The classroom version requires individual computers (with headphones) or a computer and projector/smart-board. Home versions require each student to have their own computer or tablet. All programs use Zoom software. We will provide a passcode-protected link to share with students.


Enduring Understanding: Ecosystems change over time due to natural causes and human activity.

Essential Question: How do the everyday activities of people affect the health of a river and its ecosystem?

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Modeling in 6–8 builds on K–5 experiences and progresses to developing, using, and revising models to describe, test, and predict more abstract phenomena and design systems.

Planning and carrying out investigations in 6-8 builds on K-5 experiences and progresses to include
investigations that use multiple variables and provide evidence to support explanations or solutions

State Standards

Massachusetts STEM Framework
Grade 5
ESS2-1. Use a model to describe the cycling of water through a watershed through evaporation, precipitation, absorption, surface runoff, and condensation.

ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information about ways communities reduce human impact on the Earth’s resources and environment by changing an agricultural, industrial, or community practice or process.

ESS3-2. Test a simple system designed to filter particulates out of water and propose one change to the design to improve it.