The Waipi‘o Valley Stream Restoration Study project provides a unique opportunity for students to act in the role of scientists in conducting a comprehensive, long-term scientific research study. Working side-by-side with scientists on this potentially landmark study, the students will develop an understanding and abilities in the process of scientific inquiry.
The study should be conducted as a mini-unit that consists of classroom lessons (activities and discussions), web activities, research and field study (each student group will go into the field and collect data with scientists).
The mini-unit is designed primarily to guide the students in all of the steps of a full inquiry project - identifying the question, designing the investigation, gathering evidence, formuating an answer to the original question, and communicating the investigative process and results.
The web site provides a "home base" and sharing forum for the student groups at two schools and scientists who are collaborating on the project.