Copper King's Water Academy students wanted to engage 4th and 5th graders in learning water concepts. These 7th and 8th grade students learned how difficult it is to balance inquiry, exploration, and discovery with structure and discipline when teaching.
Arizona Project WET Wins ANREP Gold and Silver Awards
TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona Project WET (APW) was recently named the winner of the 2013 Gold Award for a long publication from the Association of Natural Resources Extension Professionals (ANREP) for its Water Scene Investigation educational publication. APW also won a Silver Award in the Outstanding Team category.
“These awards are such an honor for Arizona Project WET,” said APW Director Kerry Schwartz. “Our Water Scene Investigation program has engaged 2,340 students who’ve saved a projected 2.6 million gallons of water at home faucets. It’s great to receive national recognition for this impactful program.”
Arizona Project WET is housed at the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center, developing water stewardship and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) literacy through K-12 teacher professional development, direct student outreach, and community engagement. Its award-winning WSI program inspires participants to adopt home water conservation practices through the installation of water-efficient technology and comparison of savings with other water users.
APW’s Silver Award for Outstanding Team recognizes excellence in leadership, planning, designing, delivering and evaluating a high impact Extension natural resources program.
“You couldn’t ask for a more dedicated staff than ours,” Schwartz said. “We’ve worked hard as a team to meet real needs in education and incentivize water stewardship, and it’s really gratifying to be recognized for that work ethic.”
APW will receive both of its awards at the Joint Council of Extension Professionals Galaxy IV conference on Sept. 19 in Pittsburgh, Penn.
For more information on Arizona Project WET, visit http://arizonawet.arizona.edu/. ANREP works to provide a variety of approaches to help educate landowners, managers, decision makers and youth on natural resources. Visit http://anrep.org/ for more information.
Kerry Schwartz has built water stewardship in Arizona through the development and delivery of STEM instruction as the Director of Arizona Project WET. Now, she has the opportunity to lead other experts in water education on an international level. This month, Kerry was invited to sit on the Board of Directors for the Project WET Foundation along with Thomas Atkins, Housing Program Director with the USDA, Richard R. Arnold II, Mission Specialist at NASA, and others.
This year the WRRC is trying something new by focusing its 104b grants program on student research projects. The program, authorized under the Water Resources Research Act, Section 104(b) and funded through the U.S. Geological Survey, provides small grants for research that explores new ideas to address water problems in Arizona and expands understanding of water and related phenomena.
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Photographers of all skill levels, are encouraged to use their imaginations to capture the theme of "Growing with Water". Submissions can be in either urban or rural Arizona settings... flowers to farms, backyard and community gardens to vast agricultural fields, urban landscapes to mountain hideaways, it's up to you! Get creative with interesting photo perspectives, unique detail shots, fascinating vistas, and people in action.
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