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In this unit, students create campaign materials and perform a mock referendum for the building of a new hydro project. The specifics of this project are based on the Auburn Dam, an on-going regional controversy.

In addition to the CTE/STEM focus of the unit/project lessons, educators will find academic lessons in History, Math and English Language Arts (ELA) that supplement the primary core area of study.

The structure of this unit and the materials contained within it were created by David Yeroshek (CTE), LeeAnn Rupley (History), Eric Saltzen (Math), and Patricia Barrett (ELA) with support from the CTE Online curriculum leadership team and detailed coordination provided by the Course Specialist Trish Valceschini.


K-12 Subjects
  • English-Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • History/Social Science
Industries / Pathways
  • Energy, Environment, and Utilities Energy, Environment, and Utilities
  • Engineering & Architecture Engineering & Architecture
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Dam Construction (CTE 1 of 4)

Dam Pros (CTE 2 of 4)

Dam Cons (CTE 3 of 4)

Mock Referendum Showcase (CTE 4 of 4)

Creating Timelines Online (History)

Hydro WebQuest (History)

Modeling I (Math)

Model a Dam (Math)

Close Reading (ELA)

To Build or Not To Build the Auburn Dam (ELA)

Video: Intro to Project