The resources linked below are provided to assist CSAWWA members who conduct educational outreach to school-aged children, whether through a formal classroom program or presentations with youth and scout groups. Below are links and descriptions of the materials and suggested ways to use them. If you have developed materials that you would like to share with other members, please email them to Nicole Horvath, our Community Engagement Committee Chair, to be included on this page.
Build a Watershed - This hands-on activity can be done at home or in the classroom and serves as an easy way
for students to see how topography impacts the way water flows over the land. The accompanying
"Building a Watershed”video shows how to build the model. This activity is best for students 8 years old and up.
Facilitators Notes - Watersheds – step-by-step guide on how to facilitate a group discussion related to watersheds
and source water.
Design a Water Filter - This hands-on activity outlines how to build a simple water filter with
common household materials. The accompanying “Demo - building a water filter” video shows
how to construct the filter. This activity is best for students 8 years old and up.
The “How a Coagulant Works”video can be shared after students make filters to discuss how
filtration plants manage to remove dissolved particles.
Design a Water Tower - This hands-on design project engages older students in the engineering design process and thinking through using gravity to transport water. This activity it best for students 12-years-old and up.
Safe Drinking Water Activity - Students become the regulators and think about what substances should be removed from source water and what is OK to leave in. This activity it best for students 12-years-old and up.
Water Brainstorming – This graphic organizer can be used to get students to start thinking about water before you start a presentation.
Wipes vs TP – This demonstration helps participants understand why “flushable” wipes shouldn’t be flushed – can be used as part of the Protect Your Pipes Activity or as a stand alone demonstration. Facilitator Notes - Protect Your Pipes - step-by-step guide on how to facilitate a group discussion related to wastewater and what should and shouldn’t go down drains. The "Beyond the Drain" video is a great introduction to wastewater treatment for young audiences.
Wonders of Water Girl Scout Brownies Journey – Learn more about the Wonders of Water Journey (an optional part of the Girl Scout Brownie Experience). The Wonders of Water Worksheet is used by WSSC Water during our WOW Journey Days and has been sent to troop leaders to use as they go through many of the activities listed above.