There are numerous opportunities
available to involve students at the primary or elementary grade school levels,
depending on age. Younger students
respond well to visual experiences, such as tours and experiments. Older students are more open to more complex
learning environments and concepts.
Water professionals can invite students to tour their facility or can
provide a presentation in the classroom.
Working with elementary school teachers is an easy and an effective way
of achieving youth outreach and education.
As a water professional, you are in a unique position to assist local
educators to introduce the importance of water treatment and water conservation
in the schools in your area.
Listed below are just some of the
options available. These can be tailored
to the specific needs and desires of the school and the students. It’s always a good idea to check with the
teacher to determine what they would like to have covered during your presentation.
Purchase or borrow a book or DVD from ISAWWA
that can be put on loan to area schools.
Some of the titles that may be available include:
- Water Fun for You” (a coloring book)
- Give Water a Hand Action Guide
- The Story of Drinking Water
- Water Magic:
Water Activities for Students and Teachers
Drinking Water – Safe, Reliable, Secure
- Adventures of Ethel Mermaid and Tad Pole
- Careers in Drinking Water
- Earth Café
- Professor Water I: Fantastic Facts about H20
- The Water Works: From Source to Tap
- Whaddya Know about H20
Offer tours of your water treatment
facility. Often, teachers find that
touring water treatment facilities can supplement classroom education in the
areas of Environmental Science, Chemistry and Biology. In conjunction with the tour, many teachers
find that it affords them an opportunity to work Language Skills into the
experience by having the students write thank you letters to the presenters.
Offer to have a professional from your
facility make a presentation at the school.
Any of the videos listed above would provide an excellent introduction
to the presentation. The presentation
can include discussion on how water is made safe to drink (process), the
chemistry of the process, conservation, the use of computers in jobs, or about
your specific job.
Offer to assist schools to conduct a
water-related science fair.
Offer to assist individual students
with water-related science fair projects.
ISAWWA will be happy to provide
whatever additional assistance you may need to develop a specific program.