Every year on March 22, World Water Day recognizes the importance of water and raises awareness of the 2 billion people living without access to safe water.
Since the start of the school year, TAME Clubs across Texas have been learning about water – sources, purification and transport – and understanding the roles that engineers play in addressing the world’s water problems.
TAME’s shared learning focus on water is supported by a partnership with MakeWater, a nonprofit focused on citizen science and water innovation.
This year for World Water Day, TAME students are invited to join the 2023 MakeWater World Water Day Story Challenge.
The challenge encourages students to tell a story about water in the format they prefer – an essay, poem, song, video, etc.
Submissions will be collected from World Water Day (March 22) and until Earth Day (April 22). Students can either share their submissions through the MakeWater website or on social media using the hashtag #MakeWaterStory.
Need inspo? Help students get started with these ideas for water stories
Students with a TAME Club toolkit from MakeWater can share stories related to what they have learned using the kit. Here are some other ideas:
- Personal experiences: Students can write about their personal experiences with water. For example, they can share stories about swimming in a lake, fishing with family, going on a beach vacation, or providing water for animals. These stories can help illustrate the importance of water in their lives.
- Local water issues: Students can research and write about local water issues in their communities. They can investigate water pollution in their local streams, droughts, or access to clean water in rural areas or underprivileged communities. These stories can help raise awareness and inspire action locally.
- Solutions: Students can research and propose solutions to water-related issues. For example, they can write about rainwater harvesting, installing water-efficient appliances, or promoting water conservation in their communities. These stories can inspire others to take action and conserve water in their daily lives.
MakeWater will repost and share many of the submissions on their social media channels!
Did we mention there are awesome prizes?
There are two main prizes for stand-out entries:
- 3D printer
- A short film created about the original story submission
All participants will receive an NFT POAP badge, a digital proof of participation badge (based on the blockchain system) that can serve as an exciting intro to Web3 for students.
Thirst for Power screening in San Antonio 3/21
In celebration of World Water Day, there will be a screening of Thirst for Power at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio on March 21 at 10 a.m.
This event will also serve as the official kickoff to the MakeWater World Water Day Story Challenge. Students and teachers are welcome to join! Please register here.
Remind TAME students to submit data via the ecokit QR code
The TAME Club toolkit from MakeWater includes a data sheet and a QR code to submit data. Please remind your students to submit their findings at https://form.jotform.com/222905213455148. We want to see your findings!