Design Statement: Learning the St. Lucie

Project Title: Learning the St. Lucie

The challenges that I will test:

1) Designing a learning module which allows the participant to understand the ecological/ scientific make-up of the St. Lucie River and what variables impact its health.

2) Designing a learning module which articulates the political actions over the years which have impacted the health of the St. Lucie River in a balanced, unbiased way.

3) Designing a learning module which explains the volume of water that flows into the St. Lucie River and educates the participant on how that water is currently managed.


October 2013 – February 2014: Gather research. Start assembling the literature review and conducting interviews. Attend meetings where participants are discussing the issue.
November 2013- May 2014: Start telling others about the Learning the St. Lucie Project. Identify those who may be able to contribute time or expertise to getting the project off the ground quicker than if I go it on my own.
December 2013 – March 2014: Begin assembling the first module. Locate an online place to locate the educational experience.
March – May 2014: Identify potential user groups to use the completed modules. Market the product.


Getting a first draft of my first learning module will be key. This will help me explain the project to others, and allow me to get valuable feedback before allowing the project to get too big and un-finishable.

Possible Failures:

Not duplicating efforts of local environmental groups.
Being sure to add to the wealth of information on the internet about this topic, and not allow it to be more noise.
Getting the word out so the project can grow and involve true experts in this field.

This design statement is an assignment for the MOOC I am participating in titled Creativity, Innovation, and Change. If you are interested in learning more please visit:


Creativity, Innovation, and Change Project Exploration Statement


Understanding the challenges facing the Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucie River through STEM

Mission Statement:

By completing STEM based learning modules, students of all ages will gain a greater understanding of the challenges facing the Florida Treasure Coast waterways.

Project Goals:

  • Complete a literature review and complete a bibliography covering the issues facing the Indian River Lagoon. Compile bibliography in age-based, annotated format.
  • Seek out correlations between prominent issues and the science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines.
  • Identify experts to collaborate with the design of learning modules.
  • Create lesson plans including activities and assessment components.
  • Develop marketing plan.
  • Develop budget.
  • Implement project with local student groups.

Starting Point:

I will start with research, both of the issues and of what similar programs are already being implemented locally.


  • This issue is emotionally charged on both sides – finding unbiased information and sharing it in an unbiased way will be difficult.
  • I don’t currently know if a similar program exists – I believe environmental education is strong in this area, but it focuses on an ecology perspective, but may not be balanced in its scope.
  • I will need funding to implement this project with students. I currently do not have any funders or any partners.

This exploration statement is an assignment for the MOOC I am participating in titled Creativity, Innovation, and Change. If you are interested in learning more please visit: