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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.
These marbles aren't going to fit in anyone's pocket.
The ice chunks—some weighing as much as 50 pound and as big as beach balls—are not a new phenomenon in the Great Lakes, according to experts, but this year's "Lake Michigan Marbles" are bigger than usual. As Lisa Myers, the chief of interpretation and visitor services for Michigan's Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore explained to the Los Angeles Times in a March 1st article, "the ice chunks form along the shore, get churned back and forth by the waves and grow slowly in the just-below-freezing water, which also helps to smooth the boulders." It's another example of how the Great Lakes' size and location allows them to create their own weather, she added.
While Pinterest may be best known as a source of inspiration for design types, it is also a fast-growing resource for educators. Recent research indicates that almost half of educators surveyed have used Pinterest, and of those, nearly one in four use it daily. With that in mind, we have created a Project WET Pinterest page with boards for different teaching resources, water and nature inspiration and other educator-friendly pins. If you're on Pinterest, please follow us or any of our boards that you might find useful. And share your best pins with us! We love to interact with Project WET users.
If you're not on Pinterest, here are a few reasons to consider taking the Pinterest plunge:
Project WET has lots of ways to help people understand the water cycle—from classic activities like The Incredible Journey (in the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide) and colorful posters to interactive computer games. Even with those comprehensive resources available, we're still always glad to see other innovative illustrations of the water cycle. Here's a pop-up animation version that caught our eye recently:
The All-Star Science Education Festival at Space Center Houston debuted the concept of STEMS education: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Sports. Why add sports? As Space Center Houston Director of Education Dr. Melanie Johnson explained, sports can help motivate students while also helping them stay healthy. Featuring NBA Legends, a NASA astronaut and water science education activities from the Project WET Foundation, the All Star Science Education Festival took place at Space Center Houston and attracted hundreds of kids.
A replica of the Space Shuttle stands outside Space Center Houston.
The All-Star Science Education Festival was organized to coincide with the 2013 NBA All-Star Game, which was played over the weekend. These roaming billboards could be seen in the Space Center Houston parking lot.
All-Star signs invited Space Center visitors to the festival.
Water science activities took place in the Astronaut Gallery.
NBA Legend Kevin Loder shakes hands with NASA Astronaut Richard Arnold after speaking about the importance of education.
NASA Astronaut Ricky Arnold gave a presentation on how creativity and imagination in science will help ensure our future--if today's kids are willing to commit to STEM education.
NASA's Ricky Arnold and NBA Legends Ollie Taylor and John Egan signed autographs for eager kids.
A bank of computers allowed students to use Project WET's interactive water education website DiscoverWater.org.
At the "Quenching Your Thirst Station", participants learned about the calorie counts in different beverages.
Special thanks to Space Center Houston, the National Basketball Retired Players Association-Houston Chapter and NASA for making the day a success! Thanks also to Armand Bayou Nature Center for bringing the local view to the event!