Water in the City - From Rooftops to Rivers
Congressman Chaka Fattah visited the workshop as teachers explored land and water models to enhance lessons that teach about the effects of stormwater and erosion.
August 2012 - Twenty-four pre-k to 8th grade teachers from GeoKids LINKS partner schools participated in three days of interactive sessions to increase their science content knowledge on the urban water cycle and stormwater management.
- Field trips to John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge and Fairmount Waterworks Interpretive Center
- An exploration of online resources from the Philadelphia Water Department
- Mapping water flow over SJU's campus
- An outdoor lab activity on water percolation and saturation rates
- A presentation of undergraduate research on water filtration
- Tours of SJU's green roof, rain garden, and other green building features
- An exploration of curriculum enrichment activities
Support for this workshop was provided by the U. S. Department of Energy, Howard Hughes Medical Instittue, and Saint Joseph's University.
More educational resources on the urban water cycle and stormwater management:
- Watershed Education Lesson Plans | Rivanna Regional Stormwater Education Partnership
- Down the Drain, Stormwater and You | The Conservation District of Southern Nevada
- Rain Garden Curriculum | Earth Partnerships for Schools - University of Wisonsin-Madison Arboretum
- The Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences (SMILE) | Oregon State University
- Natures Water Filter Lesson | NOAA Pacific Services Center
- Schoolyard Hyrdo-Ecology Handbook | Baltimore Ecosystem Study