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Early on Saturday, November 9th, at Sartori Elementary, 5 teachers and 2 IslandWood staff explored how mapping neighborhood assets, opportunities, and problems can engage students more deeply in science and engineering. Together, we deepened our knowledge on how system models, looking for patterns, and observing change over time can help students investigate and map their community.

Our group walked to the Renton Library on the search for physical assets in the community (stormwater infrastructure and urban ecosystems).

Our mapping efforts focused on our local ecosystems, water flow, and community assets. Educators left with strategies to use in mapping their communities and ideas for how they can use the information gathered.

Making sure to add the data we are collecting to our map, so we can organize it when we return to the classroom.