Through our DILOSTM program, children participate in a field trip to the Everglades, a local lake, or water body. DILOS™ is designed to spark curiosity, in a setting outside the classroom, which we will inspire children to become scientists. Given the U.S. position in STEM education in the world, we must encourage our children towards the sciences.
Apart from this, the DILOS program also intends to
● Increase curiosity to ask questions that will have an impact on our present and future water problems.
● Have a direct experience analyzing the contaminants that exist in our drinking water sources.
● Address the real problems and offer insight on what they think should be done… thus opening their minds for future alternatives that you and I may not even be thinking of today.
● Develop solutions and put them into daily practice.
● Have fun, learning something new for creating changes for future generations.
What will we do?
The program is performed outdoors, breaking the routine of the school year. An outing to a wetland, river, or lake to collect and analyze water samples is always fun, interesting, and instructive. Making science fun is a primary purpose of this program. Inspiring children to become the scientists of the future is a primary goal of Save the Water™.
● Children will first make observations about their surroundings, noting the condition of the plants and trees, looking for birds and animals and noticing lack or abundance. Then form a hypothesis about the conditions of the water and the environment.
● A presentation on the water cycle, the scientific method, and facts about water contamination will be given. This will open their minds to why we should protect this valuable resource.
● The experimental part is hands on for the students using field laboratory equipment to test for parameters such as: pH, temperature, turbidity, and conductivity. The readings are then compared with published standards along with previous observations to test the hypothesis.
● A point in decision making arrives when the students have to accept or reject the hypothesis they had previously made and come to a scientific conclusion of the experiment.
Each participant will have the opportunity to become a member of the AquaSquad™, and receive a certificate of completion for the DILOS™ Program.
What will be used for the demonstrations?
This following will be provided by STW™:
● Equipment: Microscope, Thermometer, pH Meter, conductivity meter, laboratory glassware
● Devices: Video Camera, Digital Camera
● Field materials: Gloves, safety glasses, sample collection and transport, etc.
● Stationery: Observation Notebooks; Pen/Pencil(s)
● One or more Instructor(s) from STW™
About the Program
● Field trip limit is maintained between 20 and 30 participants.
● Videos and still photographs are permitted by staff and accompanying parents. STW™ will take videos and photos to post on our website and will be made available to all.
● The program is divided into 3 levels: 1st to 4th, 5th to 8th, 9th to 12th grades.
● Each level will meet twice per year.
● Recognition of participation on the STW™ website and membership in the AquaSquad™.
● Transport is not provided by us and students will be bought to the field trip by parents/teachers.
● Additional teachers. STW™ assumes no liability or responsibility for the safety and well-being of the children, that must be covered by the school and accompanying teachers.
● Drinking water and snacks
Keep following this space to know when and where our next DILOS™ program will be and register your child/ your class immediately!
DILOS™ youth education instructional ingredients:
DILOS™ offers project-based instruction and personal support to each participant.
● A high probability of obtaining rewards by the students from people they admire in their own communities
● Hands-on learning
● Intrinsically interesting curriculum and tasks, studied in informal settings
● Build a team of young people and adults.
● Involve youth in setting realistic goals.
● Arrange opportunities for young people to reflect on, learn from and apply lessons from their experience.
● Acknowledge the skills, knowledge and experiences young people already have.
● Give specific skills training and information needed to help your group move a project ahead.
● Involve older students or program veterans (including college students) for help.
● Promote leadership and model behavior.
● Set clear responsibilities and expectations.
Save the Water™ youth educational principles apply water education through hands-on schooling, environmental education, stewardship teaching, and practical science literature research. Each of these perspectives will emphasize decisive philosophy, management, and commitment to help solve water crisis situations. With support from our sponsors we will be in the fortunate position to apply much of our knowledge and advice to the next generation youth through the DILOS™ program.