Virtual Water Programs for King and Snohomish Counties

Connect Science Learning to Students’ Lives

IslandWood and King County have joined forces to offer free STEM-focused and Next Generation Science Standards-aligned virtual wastewater and stormwater programs for schools in King and Snohomish Counties*. During each program, IslandWood and King County educators will work with you to determine the best days and times to lead your class in virtual water-based lessons. These lessons include hands-on demonstrations and modeling, outdoor observations, and extension activities designed to connect to students’ interests, identities, and home and family experiences. IslandWood’s “When It Rains, It Pours” lessons are made possible by additional support from Seattle Public Utilities.

 

*Some geographic limitations apply. Please reach out to Derek Jones at derekj@islandwood.org for more information.

 

 

A child kneels to examine a puddle during an IslandWood program in Seattle. A group of other children are visible in the background.

When It Rains, It Pours

Registration is currently closed. Please check back in early December to register for winter lessons!

 

A 3-lesson series | Aimed at grades 3 – 5

 

Rain is essential to our lives, especially in a region where it happens so often! This series will build students’ understanding of the interactions that stormwater has with the ecosystems and communities they inhabit. Led by IslandWood educators, these sessions are designed to help students engage in remote science activities. This program is made possible in part by Seattle Public Utilities.

 

For more information on these sessions, please contact KayLani Siplin at kaylanis@islandwood.org.

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“IslandWood’s virtual experience was engaging and fun for my students. It had a high level of important content embedded in a range of experiences that brought a field trip feel to my Zoom classroom.

My students loved it, and I did too.”

– Janet Paden, Brookside Elementary School Teacher

Children wear hard hats and orange vests while taking a tour of Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Center. One child holds a clipboard and pencil.

Wastewater Engineers

A 4-lesson series | Aimed at grades 4 – 6

 

How do we impact the water in our communities? What are we doing to clean it up and what could we do differently? Students will learn how the choices they make on a daily basis impact the water cycle. Led by King County educators, sessions are designed to help students use the engineering design process to explore the impacts that humans have on our water system. Students will take a virtual exploration of King County’s wastewater treatment plant and learn how they can become stewards of their water system.

 

For more information on these sessions, please contact Katelyn Leeuw at katelyn.leeuw@kingcounty.gov.

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  • Lesson 1 – What is Wastewater and How Are You Connected to It? (Live, synchronous session)

  • Lesson 2 – Wastewater Engineering Challenge Hands-on Lab (Live, synchronous session)

  • Lesson 3 – Virtual Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour (Pre-recorded session)

  • Lesson 4 – Wastewater Stewardship – What You Can Do!  (Live, synchronous session)