Your group is going to create a presentation that will be delivered to the United Nations Ministry on Water and Resource Usage. The African continent is one of the world's areas most endangered and fragile environments regarding water. The presentation that you are creating, should concentrate on only ONE country (see map). Consult your resource page to visit essential Web sites to your inquiry.

Use the Internet resources to research the country of choice to gather information regarding water and its usage. The Internet will also allow you to contact people actually living in your chosen country to ask them questions about their quality of life regarding water. Experts on your chosen country are also accessible through the Internet; contact them as well in your research.

Create a place to receive and send electronic mail. Consult the Key Pals page to get some ideas on who to contact, how to contact them, and what types of things you may want to find out. Be sure to have a problem in mind that you are trying to solve before you contact people through the e-mails.

Develop your ideas using a concept map. Keep track of your Internet searches and processes in the search strategy logs. Keep up with your thought processes, group evaluations, and personal insights in your thinking logs. Follow up on your inquiries by visiting your Know and Need to Know Boards frequently. Always try to focus upon what your final goal is (the presentation to the U.N.) and what you need to do to complete it by consulting the project rubric.

Authors: Bill Meder , Gary Fryrear, and Shelly Peretz, Thornridge High School in Dolton, Illinois.
Handbook of Engaged Learning Projects sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab. Funded by the Midwest Consortium for Mathematics and Science Education based at the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL).
Created: July 1, 1996 - Updated: July 24, 1996