Teaching Children about Water Resources in Taiwan

To educate children about the value of clean water, Dow volunteers in collaboration with The Society of Wilderness (SOW) and Common Wealth Magazine Education Foundation (CWMF) to host an educational event named the “Water Fairy Journey.”

Midland, Mich - July 31, 2017 -

Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home. That means these millions of people must spend countless hours queuing or trekking for water from distant sources. To educate children about the value of clean water, Dow volunteers in collaboration with The Society of Wilderness (SOW) and Common Wealth Magazine Education Foundation (CWMF) to host an educational event named the “Water Fairy Journey.”

Recently, 80 students from Cao Jiao Elementary School in Taiwan had a great time, learning about water with a fun game including six key module checkpoints. A total of 45 Dow volunteers demonstrated various water-related chemical experiments and led the students to break through the six checkpoints: Poseidon’s Wrath – The Power of Water, The Beauty of Water Toddlers – Water in Nature, Yellow Duckling’s Search for Water – Water Quality Measurement, Trials for Elegance – Water Filtration, A Creek Ensemble – Animals by the Riverside, and the Prodigy of Leaf Imprints – Plants by the Riverside.

One of the experiments, Trials for Elegance – Water Filtration, taught students about the clean water process. The students had to make a water filter that relied on layers of gravel, sand, charcoal and fabric to make dirty water clean. They collected the material layers from nearby natural resources, then pulled each required material into a plastic bottle in order. They were able to witness the water passing through the different layers, observing that the gravel layer catches large pieces of debris, the sand layer catches smaller particles, and finally, the charcoal layer got rid of bacteria and chemicals.

These activities were designed to combine the educational assignment along with competition and prizes to inspire the children to learn the importance of clean water as a treasured natural resource for life.

“Students have been enjoying learning from bi-weekly learning sessions with Dow volunteers that include storytelling and fun science experiments since 2016. This excellent ecological tour offered children a great opportunity to learn about water in well-designed fun games,” said Yu-Jen Chen, Principle of Cao Jiao Elementary School, “We truly thank Dow volunteers for their efforts and creativity to help students understand the value of natural resources.“

 

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