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Utah State University Water Quality Extension Presents: U.S.A. Introduction and Overview “We believe in the power of education and we believe that it should start out at an early age . . . when taught

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Utah State University

Water Quality Extension

Presents:


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U.S.A.

Introduction and Overview


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“We believe in the power of education and we believe

that it should start out at an early age . . . when taught

early, children can understand the importance of water and can bring that knowledge to those surrounding them.”

Youth Vision Statement

Second World Water Forum

The Hague

March 17-22, 2000


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Project WET

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers)

is an international, interdisciplinary,

water education program for formal and nonformal educators of students ages 5 to 18


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The Mission of Project WET

is to reach Children,

Parents, Educators and Communities

of the World with Water Education


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Worldwide Programs:

  • Project WET USA

  • Project WET Canada

  • Project WET Mexico

  • Project WET Philippines

  • Project WET US Peace Corps

    Over 50 additional countries around the world have expressed interest in partnering with Project WET.


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Project WET Materials and Training

Assist learners of all ages to develop…

  • Awareness, knowledge, skills & commitment

    That result in…

  • Informed decisions

  • Responsible behavior

  • Constructive actions

    Through…

  • Hands-on, self contained and easy to use water education resources


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Project WET is grounded in the following beliefs:

  • Water moves through living and nonliving systems and binds them together in a complex web of life.

  • Water is important for all water users.

  • Sustainable water management is crucial for social and economic stability and a healthy environment.

  • Awareness of and respect for water resources can encourage a personal, lifelong commitment of responsibility and positive community participation.


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Interdisciplinary and Supplemental

Art

Health/PE

Social Studies

Math

Science

Language Arts

Music


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Educational Stages

SOLUTIONS

TO WATER

RESOURCE PROBLEMS

PARTICIPATION

(acquire

experience and

take action)

SKILL

(identify problems)

ATTITUDE

(values &

feelings)

KNOWLEDGE

(understanding)

AWARENESS

(appreciation)


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Project WET teaches HOW to think not WHAT to think

Present Facts ∙ Maintain Objectivity ∙ Provide Guidance

Evaluate Choices

Make Informed Decisions


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Who uses Project WET?

Museum, nature and

science center instructors

Classroom teachers,

public/private schools

Resource agency

educators

Youth Organization

Leaders

Preschool and

daycare teachers

University

Professors

Local, state and

National park rangers

and interpreters


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What do state Project WET programs offer to educators?

  • Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide training workshops

  • Advanced workshops that focus on ground water, water conservation, wetlands, water quality, human health, and other water topics

  • Annual Make a Splash with Project WET National Day of Water Education Festivals

  • College credit workshops


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The Project WET USA Program is:

I. The Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide

II. A Training Network

III. Support Services


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I.The Curriculum

The Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide is the core educators guide.

It is supplemented by additional programs and publications developed by Project WET.


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TheProject WET Curriculum and Activity Guide is:

  • 91 activities developed by over 350 teachers, resource managers, and scientists and tested by 600 teachers and 35,000 students

  • Interactive

  • Non-biased

  • Interdisciplinary

  • Available only to participants who complete a minimum of six-hours of training


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Organization of the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide

  • Teaching Strategies.

  • Water has unique physical and chemical characteristics.

  • Water is essential for all life to exist.

  • Water connects all Earth systems.

  • Water is a natural resource.

  • Water resources are managed.

  • Water resources exist within social constructs.

  • Water resources exist within cultural constructs.


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A Wide Variety of Additional Materials Provide Support


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II. Project WET Coordinator Network


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A Highly Effective Delivery Network for Information and Education


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Consisting of…

  • 69 Coordinators and Co-Coordinators from 50 US States and Territories

  • 3000 Facilitators


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Coordinators work for…

  • Fish and Game Agencies

  • Universities

  • Parks and Nature Centers

  • State Departments of Education

  • NGOs


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Facilitators are…

  • Teachers

  • Volunteers

  • Parents

  • Park and Nature Center Employees

  • Water Resource Professionals

  • People with a commitment to water education


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  • US Coordinators and International Project WET Program Directors are connected through the International Office, Bozeman, MT, USA

  • Annual Conference brings together Coordinators and Directors to share ideas and strategies

  • Advanced Coordinator training opportunities are offered yearly to build skills in specific areas (e.g., water quality testing, issues analysis, water conservation)

  • State Coordinators publish articles in the annual Project WET USA magazine


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III. Support Services

All Project WET states, provinces, and countries have access to other publications and Project WET programs.


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projectwet.org

  • Background Materials

  • Teacher Resources

  • Sample Materials

  • Secure Online Ordering of Books and Materials

  • Nationwide Contact Information

  • Water Festival Support

  • Links


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For more information contact:

  • Susan Anderson - Coordinator

    Utah State University Water Quality Extension

    Dept. of Aquatics, Watershed and Earth Resources

    5210 Old Main Hill

    Logan, Utah 84322-5210

    (435) 797-2580

    susan.anderson@usu.edu


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