5. Whitewater Rafting + Environmental Science

sports and STEMThis activity should be reserved for the older kids, perhaps serving as a field trip, or senior-year whitewater-rafting journey. When searching for reputable river rafting outfitters, explain that this journey is combining sports and STEM lessons in environmental science aimed at high-school students. Emphasize that only class I or II rapids are desired, as this is not an adrenaline-hunting trip, but an opportunity for students to observe the natural world around them. By testing water and soil samples taken along different parts of the river, observing animal behavior, and monitoring the human impact in the area, students will gain a clear picture of the environmental state along this water source.

Through connecting sports and STEM, teachers will see greater student understanding, plus the added benefit of cultivating an interest in becoming healthier, more active kids.

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