Our research claim:
When community mentors Invest their time to Connect with students, they can Act together to jointly Respond to real problems of place. In the process, all stakeholders are Empowered, and communities become more resilient.
We are now in our fourth year of field testing a new “STEAM PBL” model, designed to meet our City’s call to action to improve access to information about flooding hazards in vulnerable communities. Through a combination of critical thinking, creative making, testing, and sharing of ideas and artifacts, students are positioned as resources of knowledge about their vulnerability to extreme weather events. They learn to make scientific claims based on evidence they gather and vet with community STEM mentors. Our work is situated in low-income, frequently flooding schools. We believe this I.C.A.R.E. approach can become a model for other similarly flood-impacted communities in the United States, and hope many "I's" who care will join to become WE, who move forward together.