Track: STEM in Education
The session will start with background information about what stormwater is (rainwater once it hits the ground).
We’ll discuss where stormwater goes, and the type of pollution that can get into our stormwater and travel to our local waterways. Together we help prevent water pollution (clean up trash, pick up pet waste, wash cars at commercial car washes, dispose of yard waste correctly, etc).
Time permitting, we will do a hands-on activity with participants that show the affects of water pollution by creating a watershed out of a piece of paper. Teachers can do this exact activity with their own students. Attendees will also receive handouts describing the free lessons offered offer in classrooms for students grades K-8 in Maricopa County, as well as handout some promotional items (pens etc). I also plan to give out promotional items throughout the workshop to help engage the audience.
Session Lead: Katrece Swenson, Outreach Coordinator, Maricopa County Stormwater Quality Program