PostedThursday, February 8, 2018 at 7:30 AM
With a continued focus on the Sonoran Desert, students are introduced to the concepts of food chains and food webs through a PowerPoint® presentation. They learn the difference between producers and consumers and study how these organisms function within their communities as participants in various food chains. They further understand ecosystem differences by learning how multiple food chains link together to form intricate and balanced food webs. At lesson end, students construct food webs using endemic desert species.
Engineers must first be familiar with the subject matter and environment particulars before they design anything for that environment. This lesson lays the foundations for understanding how natural systems provide for themselves. As students continue in their study of ecological relationships, connections begin to form that enable them to connect ecological relationships to the fundamentals of engineering design.