Connections Based Learning

Some things we had to do to make it:


This is a picture of the most challenging part of the filter. We had to crush up the activated carbon because it had to be as fine as possible to clean all the bacteria out of the dirty water. It was not easy to crush up and we found the most effective way to do it is to smash it with a jar. The activated carbon is the most important aspect to the water filter. Activated carbon is what cleans the water and takes out all the bacteria.  If you cannot find activated carbon then activated charcoal works just as well (keep in mind you have to crush it up to make it as fine as possible).

Pictures and/or video of what you made:

This picture shows us pouring the dirty water into the water filter. It’s hard to see in the picture, but the water is coming out clean at the bottom.

We did a lot of research first to find out what some of the needs were in Africa. We also talked with Gombe high school about some of the things they needed. We talked about water for awhile, but the main struggle we focused on was power. The school in Africa we were talking to was like a boarding school, so most those kids had not been afflicted with not being able to get water, but a lot of kids in Uganda don’t have that privilege. Water is also a necessity so I think its something we should really work toward.

The story of your experience:

With whom you connected: We connected with Gombe High school in Uganda and the members in my group were Emily, Robbie, and Hassan.

What you did/made; We made a water purifier. We looked up how to build a water purifier and then took bits and pieces of each one to build the best most inexpensive water purifier. We found that the biggest aspect of the water purifier was the activated carbon. It is what cleaned the water.

Some problems we faced along the way are: How do we know if the water is really clean? We don’t really have a way of testing that, but if there is a chance the water may have had bacteria or any other harmful things in it, then you should boil it after putting it through the water filter.


A summary of what you learned so far…

Skills you developed; I developed the skills to generate ideas with a group. I also developed the skills to build a working purifier.

An example of those skills in action; We made the water purifier three times, so overtime we got the skills to create a water purifier and we had to modify things so they would work properly.

How you feel you have met your learning goals: I would say we have met our learning goals. We were able to celebrate our project last week when we made our first successful water purifier.

A debrief of the experience:

How the collaboration went: Through the Skype call we had with Gombe High School in Uganda, we learned more about what they needed and that helped us to generate the idea of making a water purifier.

What you did well / what you can improve on: I would say that we worked well together and that we did a good job of meeting deadlines. I would say we could work on our communication skills. We got confused on who was bringing what and it ended up being some people brought more than others.

How you felt about the connections-based learning experience: I felt like the experience with Gombe High school went well, ;although we did have a lot of time to talk we generated a lot of ideas.



2 thoughts on “Connections Based Learning

  1. I am very proud of the work you and your group did to find a portable water purification solution and to test it out. I appreciate the research you did to create something that would be effective in removing pollutants and bacteria. I am glad that you honestly aren’t sure that your innovation doesn’t remove all of the bacteria and requires some more innovating. Thanks for making a difference.

    1. Thanks Mr.Robinson for commenting on my blog post. I really enjoyed this project and I think its really cool that we are able to make a difference. I hope you are able to bring our innovation to Uganda, its a very good experience getting to go and deliver them yourself. I am excited to further look into how to improve Uganda’s water resources. I’m glad our class was able to create all these great innovations!

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