4th Graders Dive Into Learning About Their Water Supply

4th Graders Dive Into Learning About Their Water Supply
Becky Maxedon / 21 Feb 2019 / No Comments » Comments

Today, more than 300 Lake Havasu City fourth-graders gathered at the Lake Havasu Water Festival at the Island Ball Fields.

The interactive community water festival is part of a curriculum unit focused on water stewardship and STEM education and is sponsored by Lake Havasu City (www.lhcaz.gov). The Water Festival unit includes teacher professional development, a Water Unit implemented by teachers, and the community-supported Water Festival Education Event.

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Tarragon Haas’s fourth grade class learns about water cycles from LHHS students Wednesday morning. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Fourth graders engaged in learning about the groundwater system, the water cycle, watershed management, and water conservation technology by participating in interactive lessons. Volunteers from Lake Havasu City, Lake Havasu High School and Arizona State University learned to facilitate lessons using exploration and inquiry.

The Arizona Water Festival program is Arizona Project WET’s longest running program having engaged over 117,500 students statewide since 2000. This mission-centric program is grant-funded and relies on the support of local partners such as Lake Havasu City to support effective K-12 water science education.

“The Arizona Water Festival program combines effective teacher professional development, direct student outreach that extends classroom learning, and community engagement,” director Kerry Schwartz said.

“Bringing these components together is the hard work that APW does to achieve STEM literacy and water stewardship education in Arizona’s communities.”

Fourth grade students learn about water sheds and water sources Wednesday morning. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Arizona Project WET is a program of the Water Resources Research Center and Arizona Cooperative Extension both part of the University of Arizona. It is recognized by the national Project WET Foundation for excellent state-specific water education resources including the Arizona Conserve Water Educators’ Guide, School Water Audit Program, and Water Scene Investigations.

For more information on the Arizona Water Festival program, please visit https://arizonawet.arizona.edu/programs/arizona_water_festival or contact Nicole Kallman at nkallman@email.arizona.edu.

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