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UNIQUELY IOWAN: Water Rocks! is an award-winning statewide water education program based at Iowa State University that’s well on its way to surpassing the 150,000-student participant mark in 2020. At the end of 2019, the program eclipsed 130,000 students, reached since the ISU teams began visiting schools statewide in 2013.
ENERGIZING STUDENTS: The Water Rocks program delivers its science-based conservation and water quality education message through classroom visits, outdoor classroom presentations and school assemblies. The program reaches students kindergarten through high school.
CREATIVE MIX: Stirring student interest, Water Rocks uses a creative mix of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), along with music and the arts to connect students in grades K-12 with information about Iowa’s natural resources and ecosystems. It explains to students how they can make a difference in protecting and improving Iowa’s natural resources.
SCIENCE-BASED: All programming offered by Water Rocks is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards that have been adopted by most Iowa schools. Science teachers and administrators across Iowa look to Water Rocks to provide engaging and accurate information that will stimulate the interest of their students in understanding the environment and taking action to help improve it.
EMPOWERING STUDENTS: Classroom teachers can select from five unique content areas for instruction that is grade appropriate. “In the feedback we solicit after every engagement, we often hear that the students feel empowered with the knowledge that each can do something to help the environment, whether they live in a city or on a farm,” says Ann Staudt, program director.
MAKE LEARNING FUN: Assemblies are delivered to larger groups and use high-energy music, videos, audience participation and skits to generate excitement among the student participants and to promote environmental awareness. To learn more about Water Rocks or to request a classroom visit, assembly or outdoor classroom for your school, visit waterrocks.org.