Engineering Aquatic Ecosystems
The SEI Engineering Aquatic Ecosystems curriculum guides students through the design challenge of developing a self-sustaining, closed-loop aquatic ecosystem that supports at least 5 organisms for at least 3 weeks. This project is designed to be highly self-directed and encourages students to identify problems and find solutions through self-guided experimentation and research. Based on their findings, students will choose living organisms, design the ecosystem, troubleshoot problems, and test solutions. Students conduct water quality testing and analysis, research projects, and develop technical drafts. Students are also be introduced to careers in the water industry, ranging from ecologist to engineer.