1. FURTHER EXPLORE MOST COMMON THEMES
The most common themes of Exercise 2 were swimming, fishing, and having clean enough water to do both in. These ideas/objectives could be the subject of a next phase of the design process: How could swimming and fishing in the Mississippi be made possible? Are they possible? What would they look like? How would the students design and represent these ideas?
2. TAKE A LOOK AT PRECEDENTS
We have compiled links to several precedents having to do with making rivers swimmable and fishable again. Check them out:
3. MEET WITH SOME EXPERTS
Bioremediation is tricky business but not an insurmountable task. Who is working in the realm of water quality/improvement who you could meet with for ideas, things to think about, logistical realities? Or, if, for example, the students were to pursue the idea of a floating swimming pool, are there shipping engineers out there they could meet with about the complexities of making such a thing float - literally and figuratively?
4. INVITE US BACK
We would be happy to come back and conduct a further series of workshops that help the students take their models and ideas to the next level, so that they may become more fleshed-out plans and drawings the students could ultimately present to policymakers and civic leaders.
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