Tuesday, January 3, 2017

California Water H2O Challenge


Join the competition! California classrooms, grades 4-6, in a Cal Water service area can participate in the California Water H2O Challenge!


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There is still time left to register for Cal Water H2O Challenge. Registration ends Jan 31st though so read along get the details on how to register and share with your school.  

As we have been experiencing a long drought water conservation has become a topic that affects everyone. Using a filtered 18 cup water dispenser soon became necessary so we didn't have to use or buy water bottles. Everyone in the house also has a re-usable water bottle. We stopped watering the lawn and have forgone the side garden this year as well. I even wound up losing a tree in my backyard which broke my heart. But unfortunately I couldn't keep watering all my plants and stay within the guidelines from the water company and do my part to help conserve water. If each person contributed locally it would make a huge impact for everyone; animals included.

Cal Water H2O Challenge is a project-based, environmentally-focused competition for classrooms, grades 4-6. Designed in conjunction with NAAEE, the WestEd K-12 Alliance, and Cal Water, and aligned with the Common Core State Standards and complimentary to the Next Generation Science Standards, Cal Water H2O Challenge offers a unique opportunity for upper elementary teachers to facilitate their students’ learning of standards-based content, while developing the core understanding of environmental principles necessary to becoming science-literate citizens.  Also developed with the North American Association for Environmental Education, their project-based learning model offers an effective and engaging manner to inspire students to community action while achieving curriculum standards. 

The project runs 4-8 weeks long. Participating classrooms will discuss, learn about, develop and initiate a project focused on caring for water. Throughout the project it focuses on water as a global resource and a local resource while also tackling a local community-based water issue. 

The coolest part is there are prizes for 1-4th place and everyone who completes it will get an official certificate of participation for every student. You can read more about the prizes down below. 

Interested in what some of the lesson plans are? You can check out and download (PDF) a competition handbook and samples of lesson plans aligned to common core and complimentary to the Next Generation Science Standards. You can check that out here https://challenge.calwater.com/resources.html



You can find out if your school qualifies by going here https://challenge.calwater.com/register.html and step 1 is to check eligibility. 

Want other ways to participate? Check out https://challenge.calwater.com/pledge.html and pledge how you can make a difference in your community.

Find out about what the prizes are below or click  https://challenge.calwater.com/prizing.html for more info. 

Last Years Winners!



Grand Prize Winners Trip 
Class Celebration: Classroom tent-camping trip to the Santa Monica Mountains with NatureBridge
Class Funding: $3,500 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs

2nd Place 
Class Celebration: A Pizza Party
Class Funding: $2,500 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs for every student
All Participant Prizes:  Cal Water prize packs 

3rd Place 
Class Funding: $2,000 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs 

4th Place 
Class Funding: $1,000 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs
Class Celebration: Classroom tent-camping trip to the Santa Monica Mountains with NatureBridge
Class Funding: $3,500 grant
Extras: Cal Water prize packs

All participating classes
Student Recognition: An official certificate of participation for every student
Teacher Recognition: A teacher certificate
Teacher Gift: An AMEX gift card 


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