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Educating our Children about Water

Valuing and protecting our natural resources is more than just a nice idea; it’s a global necessity. And one crucial way of ensuring a future in which every child has clean water to drink is by teaching those children to conserve and care for our resources— right now. The folks at Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) are committed to doing exactly that. They “envision a world in which action-oriented education enables every child to understand and value water, ensuring a sustainable future.” Project WET is working hard to “develop and deliver the world's best water education resources, organize special water events, manage a worldwide network of local implementing partners and advocate for the role of water education in solving the world's most pressing water issues.”  Project WET 

Project WET has educational materials and teaching tools, such as activity booklets like this one “Water, Agriculture, and Food.”

Project WET’s discoverwater.org site has interactive activities and games for children to learn about water and our world, activities such as these:
The Water Cycle

Discover our Ocean

Soap and Water Science

Use Water Wisely. . . and many more!

The Clean and Conserve Education Program has downloads, booklets, online training modules and education materials to teach people all over the world to conserve water and help make the world a healthier place.

Another organization seeking to teach our children about water and our world, as well as science and space, is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

“This year, NASA is celebrating a Year of Education on the Station as astronauts and former teachers Joe Acaba and Ricky Arnold make the International Space Station (ISS) their home. While on board, they share their love of STEM and their passion for teaching.” Astronaut Ricky Arnold, a volunteer board member for the Project WET Foundation, will be the educator on board the ISS from March to September 2018. In connection with the Year of Education on the Station, Project WET created education activities relating to water and the ISS. 

Ricky Arnold tackled “Water in Space” questions for Project WET, such as this one: “How does being in space change the ways you look at and think about water?”

 

How do you think your water use compares to an astronaut’s? Take the Water Use Challenge and find out! I think you’ll be surprised!

Check out this Out of this World lesson plan relating to the Space Station.

Also, don’t miss NASA’s STEMonstrations — educational demonstrations highlighting scientific topics aboard the International Space Station.

Finally, use the hashtag #TeacherOnBoard to follow the crew as NASA seeks to inspire students of all ages.