STEM Gowanus Curriculum

(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

Urban Memory Project
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
Con Edison
PepsiCo Foundation