'Games Teaching Hydrologic Concepts to High School Students'
Jocelynn Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org), Brigham Young University; Herman Dolder (email@example.com), Brigham Young University; Jim Nelson (firstname.lastname@example.org), Brigham Young University; Norman Jones (email@example.com), Brigham Young University
Games Teaching Hydrologic Concepts to High School Students Author: Jocelynn Anderson Coauthors: Herman Dolder, Dr. Jim Nelson, Dr. Norm Jones In the United States there is an increasing shortage of skilled workers in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). To counter this trend, increased emphasis is being placed by school districts and the government to improve STEM education in the K-12 school system. This requires teachers to find new ways to present these subjects in order to get students interested in these fields. An area of study in STEM that is becoming increasingly important is hydrology. As the world’s population increases and the amount of available water per person is decreasing, understanding water management and water issues is essential. For this reason, a collection of games designed to teach high school students basic hydrologic concepts are being created by the Outreach team at Brigham Young University as part of the CI-WATER project funded by the National Science Foundation. These games, paired with lessons on subjects such as the water cycle, are intended to engage students in the learning process and increase their knowledge of various aspects of hydrology. The games are designed to be fun, while using what was taught in class in practical applications. The collection of games will reinforce several concepts including weather, snow runoff, irrigation requirements, evaporation, and reservoir management. From playing these games, students will have a more in depth understanding of basic hydrologic concepts and an increased interest in water issues around them. Additionally, after learning more about water issues, some students may develop a desire to pursue hydrology as a career.