California Water Service Launches Eighth Annual Classroom Conservation Competition
This is also the third year that the Cal Water H2O Challenge welcomes school-based clubs to participate. To date, nearly 300 classrooms and clubs have participated in the program.
The Classroom Challenge asks students in fourth through sixth grades to identify a water-based issue and work together to address their chosen issue through research and experiments over four to eight weeks. Like last year, due to the hurdles of distance learning and the need for an equitable, fair competition, this year’s Classroom Challenge focuses on designing solutions to care for water. Judges will not be seeking fully implemented projects, but looking for complete designs that have been tested and refined, with the aim to address a local water issue.
The challenge builds on seven successful years’ experience of the classroom-based competition to engage more people in caring for water at a range of levels. Introduced in last year’s expansion, the eighth annual Classroom Challenge includes Teacher Ambassadors. With the implementation of office hours and virtual meetings, along with an updated handbook, new video guides, and additional resources, Teacher Ambassadors and advisors have developed a clear pathway to engage students in real-world inquiry while helping reach curriculum goals.
“We are pleased to continue our partnership with CASE and DoGoodery, bringing the Cal Water H2O Challenge to classrooms during another atypical year,” said
Peter A’Hearn, CASE President, adds that the challenge provides teachers an opportunity to try the project-based method, engaging students in local issues. “The
The winning classroom or club will receive
Despite the limitations of distance learning last school year, students were able to connect to their community on a larger scale. “I believe one success was to give my students projects that were meaningful to them personally and connect with the larger community that they would not otherwise have known about or been a part of. It gave them a reason to be invested in math, science, writing, and research. Also, students' talents and interests emerged and they were exposed to different careers,” said Elrod.
Elrod described the challenge as having a greater impact on her students and their community. “I believe the biggest impact of this project is that greywater will be seen as a benefit, and will open the door for the community to have an inevitable conversation about this untapped resource,” she added.
For more information about the program and eligibility requirements, visit challenge.calwater.com.
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Source: California Water Service Group