The City of Houston and Keep Houston Beautiful's Urban Runoff Challenge is a curriculum designed to help educators teach students the challenges of urban runoff and highlight what we can do to keep Houston water clean. The curriculum is targeted at 4th grade students and makes urban runoff understandable, through awareness and engagement. Using a learning cycle of Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate, the website is designed to actively engage students in learning essential science concepts through guided inquiry.
Who can take the challenge?
The three (3) lesson curriculum is available to all educators. Register your class by pledging to take the challenge then download any of the lesson packets.
This website includes teacher packet links researched by University of Houston Department of Education Kappa Delta Pi Chapter. Each lesson provides learning and TEKS objectives with instructions, background information, reproducible student procedure sheets and suggestions for community action.
Track Your Progress and Earn Reward Certificates
Registered users can upload photos of completed projects and earn certificates icons for each lesson.
Actively engage students in learning essential science concepts through guided inquiry and games! U-ROC offers a simple series of games to build on concepts delivered in the curriculum. The games can be access by anyone.
Pledge to make a difference and take the Urban Runoff Challenge!
I pledge to adopt one water conservation measure:
- Learn about stormwater with the U-ROC curriculum.
- Understand how to reduce urban runoff and keep Houston's water clean.
- Conserve water, dispose waste properly and recycle.
- Take action in my community.