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Educate. Empower. Act. The mission of Project WET is to reach children, parents, educators and communities of the world with water education. We invite you to join us in educating children about the most precious resource on the planet — water.
Did you know that floods are the number-one most common natural disaster in the United States? Or that, according to the National Weather Service, flooding is actually the costliest U.S. weather-related phenomenon, causing the deaths of approximately 150 people per year and costing more than $5 billion annually in property damage?
While some areas are at a higher risk from floods than others, having a Family Action Plan to follow in the case of floods or other natural disasters makes sense even for those living far from a potential flood zone. In observance of Flood Safety Awareness Week, Project WET is offering a free download of our "Take Action!" lesson, which describes how families can create a plan for dealing with floods and other natural disasters. This free download will expire on March 21st, so please download it today.
World Water Monitoring Day is an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies. While the official day is not until September, the data collected by participants can be submitted starting March 22nd (World Water Day).
To encourage participation in World Water Monitoring Day and to help educators include water monitoring in their classrooms, Project WET worked with WWMD to create four downloadable activities specifically designed for students aged 11 to 14. We encourage all educators to visit the site, download the lessons and take part in World Water Monitoring Day!
And, if your class does take part, we'd love to hear about it. Send your pictures and stories to us and we'll post a sampling of them (with permission, of course) on our blog as well as on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Project WET is helping to bring a little bit of "star power" to Bozeman on April 1st and 2nd.
NASA astronaut Richard Arnold will be in Bozeman to work with classrooms in the Bozeman Public Schools and to give a free public lecture at the Astronomy Day events at the Museum of the Rockies.
A science teacher in Maryland, Arnold took part in NASA's "Teacher in Space" program, participating in a March 2009 mission aboard the space shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station. After the talk, Arnold will sign autographs.
Arnold's visit is part of Astronomy Day. Other events planned for the day include a lecture on NASA's mission to Pluto and its "Living with a Star" program. There will also be solar observing--weather permitting--planetarium shows, kids activities, space and science-related exhibits as well as an evening star party.
The Montana Space Grant Consortium and the Project WET Foundation are sponsoring the visit.
Have something to share with the world about water education? Project WET's upcoming Sustaining the Blue Planet: Global Water Education Conference offers educators, NGOs, corporations, water resource managers and others the chance to contribute to the global dialogue on water in one of five categories:
The deadline for submission is March 31st. Don't miss your chance to be involved!