STEM Gowanus Curriculum

Students from M.S. 88, M.S. 447 and Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies took on a design challenge with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy to develop green infrastructure design concepts for their school campuses, and then presented their proposals to a panel of NYC design and sustainability professionals.

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Check back for this new curriculum unit for green infrastructure design, available later this Fall! To learn more contact

(Grades 5-8)

The Gowanus Canal has captivated people for more than 400 years, from its salt marsh era to a polluted industrial waterway that today is undergoing revitalization. The STEM Gowanus Curriculum is available for any educator that wishes to engage students with the Canal’s complex and fascinating urban ecology.
All curriculum units utilize a place-based focus on the Gowanus Canal & Watershed:
– History & Geography
– Watershed & Sewershed
– Climate Change
– Water Quality
– Soil Quality
– Flora & Fauna
– Site Design

This curriculum was created by the Gowanus Canal Conservancy and the Urban Memory Project.

Curriculum Package

– Pre, Post and Field Lessons, background text, maps and worksheets for each unit
– Integrates Science, ELA, Math and Social Studies
– Aligned with Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards
– Adaptable for grades 5-8
– Uses the design process, project-based learning and is solutions-oriented

Access to Curriculum

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Partners and Sponsors

Con Edison
National Grid
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute
PepsiCo Foundation
Urban Memory Project