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|Outreach - Elementary School|
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:
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.
Outreach resource documents.
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