Education Outreach

Our group is extremely enthusiastic about our project. We not only want to help those internationally, but also educate and inspire the next generation of difference makers. K-12 interactive programs have been developed than can be customized to your classroom needs.

To an elementary school classroom:

We can provide a hands-on interactive presentations about the world wide water crisis, low-tech methods of cleaning water, and the importance of good hygiene. To do this, we will bring pictures, demos, and a full size biosand filter which the classroom can paint and keep.

To a middle school classroom:

We can present both the history of the impending water crisis and the multiple solutions that humanitarian organizations are proposing. Our presentation can be customized so that the students can comprehend the science and technology behind the technology underlying the engineering.

To a high school classroom:

We are prepared to speak about the history of the water crisis, the societal and economic impacts of clean water, the community input necessary for success, the international social justice implications affecting our project, the physics related to water, the chemistry of water and the natural environment, and the biological activities of biofilms and microorganisms. We will utilize powerpoint along with hands-on demonstrations and a full size biosand filter.

Past Outreach Events

WaterCAMPWS ProjectWET Workshop

Friday, February 5th, 2010 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Our project presented to 13 Illinois Science teachers as part of WaterCAMPWS teacher workshop, and they carried our lessons to their classrooms.

Engineering Open House

Friday, March 12 through Saturday, March 13, 2010 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Students from every discipline of engineering set up exhibits to remind the general public of the role that science plays in everyday life and to show the difference that technology will make in the future. Primary and secondary schools also brought young students in hopes of passing the spirit of engineering to the next generation.

To learn more, please visit the website

Result: 1st place in "Real World" Category out of more than 200 projects

Traveling In-school Education Outreach

Monday, March 22nd, 2010
The Guatemala Water Project presented to four Spanish classrooms (~80 students), each presentation 45 minutes in length and completely in Spanish, at Prairie Ridge High School in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010
The Guatemala Water Project presented 8 seminars, each 45 minutes in length, to science classes (~450 students in all) at Prairie Ridge High School in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
The Guatemala Water Project presented to five 4th grade classrooms (~125-150 students in all), each presentation 50 minutes long, at Locke Elementary in Chicago, Illinois.

Thursday, March 25th, 2010
The Guatemala Water Project presented to 3rd, 4th, 7th, and 8th graders (~120 students in all), each presentation 40 minutes in length, at Esmond Elementary in Chicago, Illinois.

Friday, March 26th, 2010
The Guatemala Water Project presented to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade science classes (~90 students in all), each presentation 50 minutes in length, at Ruben Salazar Bilingual Education Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Thursday May 6th, 2010
The Guatemala Water Project presented to Mrs. Rape's 6th grade class (~20-25) at St. Joseph Middle School in St. Joseph, Illinois.

Thursday May 6th, 2010
The Guatemala Water Project presented to Mrs. Peter's 4th grade class (~20-25) at St. Joseph Grade School in St. Joseph, Illinois.

If you have any questions or would like us to present to your classroom, please contact us.

Kim Parker
Email: kparker7@illinois.edu

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