Mapping Design Challenge
Here’s everything you need to do this hands-on mapping design challenge. Your students will work in teams to answer the challenge of putting half of the United States into protection for biodiversity, grapple with evidence, and become motivated to learn more about conserving biodiversity.
- Mapping to Conserve Biodiversity Lesson Plan
- Half-Earth Project Maps for Design Activity
- Map Design Challenge Support Slides (.pptx)
- Map Design Challenge Support Slides (.pdf)
The following discussion prompts and maps were modified for conducting the Mapping Design Challenge in a virtual setting with your students. We recommend teams and break-out groups to encourage collaboration, but this version can also be used on discussion boards or as a form of homework.
Watch the Challenge in Practice
Half-Earth Project Educators Ambassadors Rachel Eigner and Drew Lockwood share their experience doing the Half-Earth Mapping Design Challenge with their Biology and APES students at Reedsburg High School in Wisconsin. Get some tips on how to get the best engagement with your students.