Take a Closer Look At Water

Due to continued uncertainty and logistical concerns regarding COVID-19, the Water Works Committee has made the decision to offer Water Works virtually for 2021.  To reach as many students, classes, and schools as possible, we are opening it up to any 5th grade classroom in Sarpy, Douglas, and Washington County free of charge.  Here’s how it’s going to work:

1)      Register your classroom between 3/19-4/9 using the embedded registration system below to create an account and enter the required information (make sure you are registering each individual class and not the entire grade).

2)      April 26th you will receive a password to a Google Drive folder giving your class access to six water related videos produced by the NGPC, Douglas/Sarpy UNL-Extension, MUD, and the Papio-Missouri River NRD.   

3)      The content will be available from April 26th to May 5th.  You and your class can watch at your convenience any time during that window. 

4)     If your school or district utilizes Zoom or Microsoft Teams, your class will have the opportunity to attend live supplemental sessions for the six offered videos.  No registration necessary, links will be provided to every class who registers.  Attend the platform and time that best suits your classes availability:

  • Zoom – May 4th A.M. Supplemental Sessions:
    • 10:00 am – Session #1
    • 10:20 am – Session #2
    • 10:40 am – Session #3
  • Zoom – May 4th P.M. Supplemental Sessions:
    • 1:00 pm – Session #1
    • 1:20 pm – Session #2
    • 1:40 pm – Session #3
  • Microsoft Teams – May 5th A.M. Supplemental Sessions:
    • 10:00 am – Session #1
    • 10:20 am – Session #2
    • 10:40 am – Session #3
  • Microsoft Teams – May 5th P.M. Supplemental Sessions:
    • 1:00 pm – Session #1
    • 1:20 pm – Session #2
    • 1:40 pm – Session #3

 

A Valuable Experience

Each year, evaluations rave over the event. Pre and post tests of students show a significant knowledge gain from attending the festival. Teacher evaluations show tremendous support for the program. “This field trip was one of the best ever in our 25 years of combined teaching,” said one teacher.

Listed below are the featured sessions to give you an idea of the videos and topics available at Water Works in 2021.

  • Lunch Box Hydroponics: Growing plants in water and not soil?  Sure!  Let’s build a simple Hydroponics system using a takeout/meal prep container and a few simple items.  We will cover hydroponic technology and how it will help us grow food in the future, right in the middle of densely populated cities or areas not suited for agriculture… all while conserving water and other resources!
  • Pollution Solution: Students will learn the importance of water quality in our streams and rivers.  A three-dimensional landscape, called an Enviroscape ® model, will demonstrate the movement of water and pollution through a watershed.  Best management practices will be examined to find solutions to stop pollution from occurring.  Students will gain insights into their responsibility in taking care of the water around them and how everyone can do their part to keep it clean.
  • Drinking Water: Learn about your municipal drinking water supply and take a virtual trip behind your water faucet at the Florence Water Treatment Plant.
  • Nebraska’s Coolest Streams:  Take a quick virtual tour of Schramm Education Center and then learn about Nebraska’s cool water streams and the trout that call them home.
  • The Endangered Pallid Sturgeon:  Take a quick virtual tour of Schramm Education Center and learn about the endangered Pallid Sturgeon, a rare fish found in Nebraska.
  • Aquatic Animals: Explore some common Nebraska aquatic animals and the adaptations that suit them well for a life in water.

Registration

 

Water Works registration for 2021 is closed. 

 

 

Local Sponsors

Water Works sessions are taught by experts in the field to insure correct information. The core planning committee for the event includes:

For more information about Water Works and how to get involved, contact

Austen Hill
at ahill@papionrd.org
or 402-315-1777 

 

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