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Nov. 13, 2017

Nearly 1,000 students gather at Tumbleweed Park to learn about water

More than 950 4th graders from the Chandler Unified School District participated in Chandler’s 12th annual Project WET Water Festival. The event took place at Tumbleweed Park on Nov. 3.

The interactive community water festival is part of a curriculum unit focused on water stewardship and STEM education. It teaches youngsters about Arizona’s water resources and water in the earth system.

Students learned about the groundwater system and the water cycle. They also learned about watershed management and water conservation technology. City volunteers, Intel Corporation, ASU, Americorps, Wilson Engineers, Arizona Project WET Water Educators and other community members facilitated the lessons.

“The Arizona Water Festival program combines effective teacher professional development, direct student outreach that extends classroom learning and community engagement,” said Director Kerry Schwartz. “Bringing these components together is the hard work that APW does to achieve STEM literacy and water stewardship education in Arizona’s communities.”

Arizona Project WET is a program of the Water Resources Research Center and Arizona Cooperative Extension. Both are part of the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. It is recognized by the Project WET Foundation for excellent state-specific water education resources. This  includes the Arizona Conserve Water Educators’ Guide, School Water Audit Program and Water Scene Investigations.

For more information on Chandler’s event, contact the City’s Water Conservation Office at 480-782-3580. For information on the Arizona Water Festival program, contact Julie Hasty at juliehasty@email.arizona.edu or visit https://arizonawet.arizona.edu/programs/arizona_water_festival.