Getting Kids Involved in Water Conservation With the Cal Water H2O Challenge

Disclosure: I received compensation from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May MediaGroup LLC, for this post. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to share the information on this challenge and to post my honest opinion on my blog.  The opinions posted are my own.

As some of you may know I’m not native to California and when I moved here from Pennsylvania almost 3 years ago I didn’t realize how much lack of rain that there was in this beautiful state that we now call home.  So when I was asked if I would like to share information about the Cal Water H2O Challenge I jumped on the opportunity as water conservation is such an important and close issue to us in my family.  Conserving water has become crucial for all Californians, young and old, in order to secure a reliable water supply for present and future generations.

Have you heard of the Cal Water H2O Challenge?  It is a free program teaching kids how to care for water.  Conservation of water may seem like a difficult task, but it is really easy to do!  In our home we take easy steps and means the following:

  • Planting low-water and drought-resistant plants
  • Getting our car washed only a couple of times a year and going to a car wash that uses recycled water
  • Taking shorter showers 
  • Using a high-efficiency washing machine
  • Turning the faucet off when we brush teeth

How do you and your family conserve water in your home?  

If you are in California and eligible I encourage you to participate in the challenge this year which consists of two separate competitions: the Classroom Challenge and the Individual Challenge. 

Cal Water H2O Challenge’s Classroom Challenge is a project-based, environmentally-focused competition for classrooms, grades 4-6, designed in conjunction with NAAEE, the WestEd K-12 Alliance, and Cal Water. It is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and complimentary to the Next Generation Science Standards. 

Cal Water H2O Challenge’s Individual Challenge is a media competition in which individual students submit original art, photography, or videos focused on caring for water. Open to individual students in grades 4-12 living in a Cal Water service area, students compete in one of three tiers based on grade level. 

About Cal Water H2O Challenge’s Classroom Challenge: 

The students of participating classrooms initiate, develop, and implement a 4-8 week-long project (or longer at teacher discretion), focusing on caring for water. This class-based project explores water as a global resource and as a local resource, while tackling a local water problem in an individual and community-based endeavor. 

A handbook can be found on the Cal Water website, including a guide for the flow of the project, and sample lesson plans. 

Upon completion of the project, students create a final portfolio documenting their work. This portfolio, along with accompanying cover sheets, student reflections, and a teacher reflection, constitute the final submission. Sample Portfolios can be found in the resource section, as follows: 

Here are the deadlines:

Early Registration closed on December 31, 2017. Final Registration closes at the end of this month on January 31, 2018.  Submissions are due February 28, 2018 and winners are announcement in April 2018!

Curriculum Alignment: Common Core State Standards and is complementary to the Next Generation Science Standards. In aligning the curriculum, sample lesson plans were developed incorporating these guidelines. 

Project-Based Learning: Developed with the help of the WestEd / K-12 Alliance and the North American Association for Environmental Education, their project-based learning model offers an effective and engaging manner to inspire students to community action while achieving curriculum standards. 

Objective Rubric: Judging of the competition will be conducted by a panel of experts working in education and/or an environmental field. It will use an objective rubric, developed with the help of the West Ed / K-12 Alliance. This rubric evaluates the water topic choice, project goals, action plan, and outcomes, long term benefits, integration with student learning and curriculum, student participation, impact on student learning, presentation, and impact on teacher practice. 

Winners of the Cal Water H2O Classroom Challenge will receive: 

Grand Prize Class Celebration: Classroom tent-camping trip to the Santa Monica Mountains with NatureBridge Class Funding: $3,500 grant Extras: Cal Water prize packs for every student 

2nd Place Class Celebration: A Pizza Party Class Funding: $2,500 grant Extras: Cal Water prize packs for every student 

3rd Place Class Funding: $2,000 grant Extras: Cal Water prize packs for every student 

4th Place Class Funding: $1,000 grant Extras: Cal Water prize packs for every student 

All Participant Prizes Student Recognition: An official certificate of participation for every student Teacher Recognition: A teacher certificate Teacher Gift: An AMEX gift card 

Learn more about the challenge, access the resource center, and read the FAQ section at the Cal Water challenge website.  

How do you and your family conserve water in your home?  If you are in California will you be participating in the challenge this year? 

Disclosure: I received compensation from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May MediaGroup LLC, for this post. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to share the information on this challenge and to post my honest opinion on my blog.  The opinions posted are my own.

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