Making "Magic" Sidewalks of Pervious Pavement

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From TeachEngineering - Students use everyday building materials—sand, pea gravel, cement and water—to create and test pervious pavement. They learn what materials make up a traditional, impervious concrete mix and how pervious pavement mixes differ. Groups are challenged to create their own pervious pavement mixes, experimenting with material ratios to evaluate how infiltration rates change with different mix combinations.

Performance Expectations

MS-ETS1-2   Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

MS-ETS1-3   Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.

MS-ESS3-3   Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.

MS-ESS2-4   Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth's systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity.