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Ideas for Inquiry-based Youth Water Learning

These ideas were submitted by Dive Deeper Summit participants after Dive Deeper 2012. We put special emphasis on incorporating Inquiry-based Learning into our youth water education efforts to help build scientific skills and interest in youth. We haven't tried all of these activities personally, but encourage you to explore them and see how they may fit into your youth water education efforts. Check back periodically as new ideas may be added.
Edward Bender explains the concept of Inquiry-Based Learning during Dive Deeper 2012

Edward Bender explains the concept of Inquiry-Based Learning during Dive Deeper 2012

Dive Deeper Participant Submitted Ideas

-H2Olympics (from Project WET): various activities exploring the adhesive and cohesive properties of water. Using a competition style setting youth work to see how they can best add pennies to a full cup of water without it overflowing, balance water drops on the back of a penny, balance paperclips on the surface of water, soak up water with various types of paper towels, and power a cardboard boat cut-out with soap chips.

-Boat Building Activities (from various sources): using limited materials or anything they can acquire (you set the terms), youth build boats to see if they float, can carry weight, sail a certain distance, etc. (you set the criteria.) Consider adding robotic elements or alternative energies as well.

-Cleaning up Water Pollution (from various sources): Provide a bowl of dirty water (preferably homemade, safely polluted with things like potting soil, food coloring, vegetable oil, etc.) and allow small groups of youth to design ways to clean the water when provided with strainers, towels, funnels, coffee filters, sand, charcoal filters, etc.