Save the Water™ STEM Education Program.
DILOS™ and the Girl Scouts of America.
Press release by STW™: STEM education research:
The Girl Scouts of America (GSSEF) and Save the Water™ (STW™) have entered into a Program Partnership Agreement to offer the STEM and water education program “A Day in the Life of a Scientist” (DILOS™) as an activity for the girls.
The STW™ STEM Education Program consists of two very interesting and educational components that will excite children to get involved in science.
First, the children participate in a field trip to the Everglades named: “A day in the life of a scientist” (DILOS™). DILOS™ is designed to spark curiosity, in a setting outside the classroom, which will inspire children to become scientists. At 26th in STEM education ranking in the world, must encourage our children towards the sciences. Their future and the future of the U.S. are dependent on improving this ranking.
Second, the students become members of the AquaSquad™. The AquaSquad™ is formed by students, teachers, scientists, and concerned volunteers from all over the world. The AquaSquad™ is a life time membership with continuing water education and project participation. Members have full support from the STW™ STEM Education staff, are invited to all events, participate in research projects, and enjoy all the benefits offered.
The community benefits in many instances, when an entire class of students adopts a waterway and periodically visits the area to monitor environmental quality, and clean up if necessary. The students get to put in practice the knowledge learned with the AquaSquad™ membership and the experience from the DILOS™ field trip.
DILOS™ provides a fun way to motivate children to participate in science programs.
Experiential learning conducted outdoors breaks the routine of classroom-based learning. An outing to a wetland, river, or lake to collect and analyze water samples is fun, interesting, and instructive. During the trip, students are given a presentation on the water cycle, the scientific method, and facts about water contamination. This opens students’ minds to why we should protect this valuable resource. Following the scientific method, the children first make observations about their surroundings. They note and record the condition of plants and trees, the presence of minnows on the shore, look for birds, animals, and notice lack or abundance. They also look for possible ways pollution and contaminants may be entering the water. They then form a hypothesis about the conditions of the water and the environment.
The field trip includes a hands-on experimental component whereby students use field laboratory equipment to test for parameters such as pH, temperature, turbidity, and conductivity. The results of the tests are then compared with published standards along with previous observations, and the hypothesis tested. Students’ data and conclusions are recorded and logged into the website to compare with follow-up field trips. Future participants will be able to compare data and assess whether the environmental conditions are improving or deteriorating.
DILOS™ program includes the following:
AquaSquad™ continued STEM education.
The classroom will have the opportunity to become a member of the Save the Water™ AquaSquad™. AquaSquad™ members worldwide are given direct communication access with STW™ scientists and the privileges described in the website. AquaSquad™ team members led by their teacher take up an environmental cause by monitoring a local water supply. Participants of the DILOS™ field trip also receive a framed certificate of completion along with educational material to continue their research as part of the AquaSquad™.
There are benefits for becoming a member of the AquaSquad™, members not only have the satisfaction of being part of an organization that is doing great work for humanity, they will also have recognition on STW™ publications and will participate in regional meetings and fund raising events.