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A 2009 water recycling and resources education and creative arts project at Mill Creek Elementary School, Williamsburg, MI. Funded through the support of Elk Rapids Area Education Fund of Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation and the Oleson Foundation.
Hands-on science projects, building their school water well and watershed in the classroom, looking down the school septic tank, unravelling 32 feet of 'intestines', learning about the 'gas we pass' - then turning it all into puppets and songs! Boy - did we have fun!?

In March and April, 2009, Wastewater Education coordinated a 4th. and 5th. Grade water recycling resources education and creative arts project at Mill Creek Elementary School, Williamsburg, MI. Funded through the support of Elk Rapids Area Education Fund of Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation and the Oleson Foundation.

1. Using GoogleEarth and NASA footage students saw the planet in motion from space.
2. Zooming to the Atlantic Ocean - we talked about how the Earth's rotation and the moon create ocean tides and how weather systems form.
3. Following the St. Lawrence Seaway upstrean, over Niagara Falls, through Lake Ontario and Huron, under the Mackinac Bridge to Lake Michigan.
4. Zooming in to Elk Lake we located Mill Creek Elementary School
5. Panning back down to Chicago River and down Mississippi to Gulf of Mexico, students saw their school in relationship to the Great Lakes Basin.

One WorldHands on experiments were done to show: a. evaporation, condensation, precipitation b. porous and non porous/pervious surfaces and materials - to show how water travels over and through surfaces. Videos talked about storm water run off, sewer overflows and the concept of what a watershed is. Students listed what can find its way into streams and lakes.

Students got down and dirty with hands-on science projects, building their school water well and watershed in the classroom, looking down the school septic tank, unravelling 32 feet of 'intestines', learning about the 'gas we pass' - then turning it all into puppets and songs! Boy - did we have fun!?

Email us to request a copy of the project curriculum and the PodCast (47 mins).

- and get ready to tap your toes to the "Bad Bug Blues!"

A shorter clip is available here.

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