Fourteen non-formal educators in Kentucky were recently certified as Project WET facilitators after completing 16 hours of training through the Kentucky Division of Water.
The goal of Project WET, an acronym for Water Education for Teachers, is to provide scientifically accurate and educationally sound water resources education materials, training courses and networking services to citizens, organizations, governments and corporations.
Laurina Lyle, Executive Director of Project WET USA in Bozeman, Montana traveled to Frankfort to conduct the facilitator workshop.
During the training, participants experienced many Project WET activities, learned the history and objectives of the program, learned to conduct Project WET workshops and explored methods of assisting teachers and resource personnel in using the materials. These newly trained facilitators are now certified to conduct Project WET educator workshops or to run Project WET activities in their own education and outreach efforts.
The primary tool of the Project WET program is the newly revised Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0, a 592-page book containing 64 interactive and classroom-ready activities, varied lesson plans, cross-reference tables, indices and a substantial glossary. The activities are grounded in science and are cross-curricular in nature, addressing the chemistry of water, functionality of watersheds, and such contemporary issues as water systems, resource management, water quality, water conservation, land-use planning and wetlands.
Michelle Shane is the Host Coordinator for Project WET in Kentucky. Shane assists facilitators in obtaining guide books for their workshops and with reporting requirements.
“We are so excited to have these facilitators become a part of the Kentucky network,” said Shane. “Project WET is an invaluable tool for formal and nonformal teachers alike.”
Materials and activities in the Activity Guide 2.0 span all disciplines, including language arts, math, science, music, history, government and art as well as other subject areas. The guide is designed to make it easy to locate and apply a particular activity in the classroom or as a field-day event. The activities are hands-on, self-contained, fun and easy to use. Moreover, many of the activities are aligned to current national Common Core Standards.
“Water education has never been more important,” said Shane. “We need to better understand our connections to water so our communities are equipped to handle the many water issues we are facing today will face in the future. By understanding the real value of water, we can make decisions individually and collectively to better manage, conserve and protect this valuable resource.”
For further information about Project WET, email Michelle Shane at ProjectWET@ky.gov or call the Division of Water at 502-564-3410.