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Activity Centres:

The Festival covers five basic water themes: Water Conservation, Water Attitude, Water Technology, Water Protection and Water Science.  Each activity centres has a link to the Ontario Curriculum, refer to the grade level section. Visit www.cwec.ca to learn the specific outcomes.

The fifty activity centres are organized under these headings as follows:

Water Conservation Activity Centres;

 Activity Centres      

Description                                    

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 Grade Level

3xs a Day

In a simulation, students will have the opportunity to examine brushing their teeth and comparing water consumption using a variety of techniques. How much water can you save 3xs a day?

 

Grade 3

 

Grade 5

Royal Flush

How does my toilet work? How does the required amount of water come back every time? Students can examine how a valve works and its importance in a simple, yet indispensable machine. How can science help make us more environmentally friendly?

 

 Grade 3

 

Grade 5

Lather-UP

How much water do you think you use in a 5 minute shower? See what happens when you shower for three minutes instead of if you used a low flow shower head!

 

Grade 3

Grade 5

Then & Now

Students can investigate how much water is used in every day activities in relation to a known reference (2 litre pop bottles). Water conservation efforts have reduced the volume of water we use each and every day!

 

 photo coming soon.....

 

All grade levels

 

Water Technology Activity Centres;

 Activity Centre          Descriptions  Image  Grade Level

UNDER
PRESSURE

Students can view and operate components of a functioning model of a municipal water system. See what a water tower does for the system.

Grade 3

Water Power

Students will learn about how the force of water is used to generate clean, reliable and renewable energy.

 

 

Grade 2

Low Salt Diet

Students discover how much salt is used to keep our roads safe in the winter. The Region of Waterloo is currently utilizing new technology in this process.

 

 

All Grade Levels

River Safety

Rivers are fun and enjoyable but can also be dangerous. Students use a model which illustrates the dangers of a small dam in the river.

 

Grade 4

Storm Water

Collect rain water and recycle it back into the water system. Students gain a better understanding of what is a storm water management pond, why do we need them and how does it work.

 

 

 

Grade 2

 

Grade 5

3 Ps

Pee, poo, paper

 The toilet is only meant to flush the three Ps; pee, poo, paper (toilet). Unfortunately many people flush lots of things down the toilet. Find our what is not meant to be there.  
New Activity - photo coming soon

 

Various Grade levels

 Is Your Water 'Well'? In this activity, students will gain a better understanding  of how we know our tap water is safe to drink. Find our the difference between municipal and private well water testing NEW ACTIVITY - photo coming soon!

 

Grand 4

 

Water Attitude Activity Centres;

 Activity Centre   

 Descriptions  

Image

 Grade Level

Doing the Laundry

Why was Monday, Laundry Day, totally devoted to this task in 1914? Try doing the laundry using old methods and equipment and compare water consumption to the present day.

 

Grade 3

Bucket Brigade

FIRE!! Students must work together using a historical method to save the burning building from destruction.

 

 

Grade 3

 

Pioneer Water Race

 

Students take a trip back in time; students can investigate how buildings were located near a water source, how pioneers obtained the water for their families, and how much water was required. 

 

 

Grade 3

Aboriginal Voices

Our First Nations existed here long before European settlements. They had and still have today a very special relationship with the environment. Chief Top Leaf will help you discover the knowledge and values the aboriginal community has toward water.

 

 

Grade 3

 

Grade 5

 

Medical

Mystery

Students are called upon to solve the historical medical mystery. Diagnose the patient’s illness, how did they get sick? Students can compare medical and scientific knowledge of 1914 to today.

 

 

Grade 3

 

Grade 5

Dripial Pursuit

Teams of students can engage in a friendly game of not so ‘trivial’ water facts.

 Various Grade levels

 

Ground-water Detective

Students become detectives searching for answers to ‘groundwater’ riddles throughout the site. Pick up copies at the Information Booth

 

Various Grade Levels

 

Arsenic & Old Waste

Why did Schneider Creek turn white? Who committed the crime in “The Case of the Dirty Handkerchief”? Your students will solve these and many other riddles in this cross-curricular program that looks at history from an environmental perspective.

 

 

Grade 3

 

Watering Hole

Students discover how developing countries access clean, safe drinking water.

 

 

Grade 5

 

The Price is Right

Compare tap water with bottled water. How they are the same, how are they different? Test your taste buds with this challenge. Can you tell the difference between tap and bottled water?

 

 

 

Various Grade levels

Rethink Your Drink   

Healthy Kids Community Challenge presents; a fun and interactive center, where students learn about the importance of drinking water and the amount of sugar in other drinks

New Activity - Image coming soon....

Grade 5

 

Down on the Farm

All farm animals need lots of clean fresh water to drink, stay healthy and be productive. Dairy cows especially need lots of water to help produce milk. Become part of our 1914 farm family and discover your role ‘down on the farm’.

 

 

Grade 3

Grade 4

Saturday Night Bath

Students will be challenged to compare their hygiene habits with those of children more than 90 years ago.

 

Grade 3

 

Grade 5

 

 Water Protection Activity Centres; 

Activity Centre

Description

Image

Grade Level

Enviroscape -
Water

A display that helps students to understand the basics of water treatment and waste water treatment, and how we use water throughout the community.

 

Grade 4

 

 Enviroscape -
Bio Solids
 Students learn about where it goes when you go!

 

Grade 4

‘AQ’ The Amazing Aquifer

Students will be encouraged to investigate the source of groundwater, how it gets there and how it is extracted for our use. Find out how pollutants affect our groundwater and how pollution can be prevented.

 

Grade 2

Grade 3

 

Grade 4

Soil Defenders!

A game to help students understand how rainwater can cause soil erosion on farmland and how certain crops planted can form a cover while grass can create a band between fields called a buffer strip. 

 

 

Grade 43

No Water Off a Duck’s Back

Students become wildlife biologists, studying feathers when they are wet, dry or soaked with oil. By interpreting their discoveries they realize that oil on feathers create havoc for ducks. They try cleaning the feathers and then think about how successful their efforts would be on a larger scale.

 

 

 

Grade 4

 

Wet N’ Wild

Humans are not the only ones needing water to survive. Habitats are made of 4 main ingredients for all life to survive: food, water, shelter, and space. Meet some interesting creatures at this display.

 

 

Grade 2

 

Grade 4

What's Under Your Feet?

In this activity, students will discover that soil and dirt are not the same thing.  Soil is a mixture of four basic materials that support plant growth and each is required to sustain the life and development of the soil.

 

 

Photo coming soon....

 

Grade 3

Water – Ours to Protect

Students will receive a tattoo for committing to protecting the groundwater in their community.

 

Various grade levels

 Wetlands

 

This activity will illustrate the importance of wetlands to the water supply, they help retain water and prevent runoff as well as filter water.

 

 

Grade 2,3,4,5

Birds of Prey

You could meet owls the size of pop cans or eagles with seven-foot wing span. Students get to explore some of Ontario's species at risk, they will gain a better understanding of the threats to wildlife, and learn how they can make a difference.

 

Grade 4

 Only Rain Down the Drain

City of Kitchener presents a model on storm drains and what can safely go down the drain.

Grade 2, 4

 

Water Science Activity Centres; 

Activity Centre

Description

Image

Grade Level

Porosity & Permeability

Porosity and permeability are the key factors in determining how water moves through or is held by the earth's surface materials.  Using models to determine grain size and real soil samples for testing discover one of the mysteries of how the water cycle serves us.

 

 

 

Grade 3

 A Day at the Beach  This activity will demonstrate to students how land use can impact water quality at our beaches.  

 

Grade2, 4,5

 Feel the Flow

NEW activity

This activity helps students learn what a watershed is, through an interactive 3D augmented reality sandbox.

 

 Grade 4

Water Cycle

Create a water cycle as it occurs in nature! Watch water evaporate from ocean surf; fog, clouds and rain formation; and river and melting snow processes - all in front of your eyes.  See how the water cycle impacts on our daily lives.

 

 

 

Grade 2

 

Grade 5

 

Puppet Play

 

“What Do You Know About Water?  Is a new puppet play developed for the Groundwater Festival. Join Wally Waterman and a host of colourful puppet characters as they teach about the importance of water conservation and the effect on the environment. 

 

 

 

Grade 2

Watershed Model

 

 

What is a watershed? The Grand River Watershed flows 300 km through south western Ontario through the highlands of Dufferin to Lake Erie. Students interact with the display to understand how we are all connected within the watershed.

 

Grade 3

 

Grade 4

 

Eagle Survivor

 

The focus is to teach students about eagles and how they catch their food for survival. In the Grand River watershed there has been an increase in the number of Bald Eagles spotted. Through an interactive game, students will have an opportunity to learn more about the Bald Eagle.

 

Grade 3

 

Grade 4

Frosty Minerals

Students will learn about minerals -through exploring snowflakes

 

Grade 4

 GREAT
Lakes

This activity shows students the Great Lakes watershed, comparing size, volume and elevation of each lake. See the Great Lakes in 3D.

 

 

Grade 2, 3, 4

Climate Change

 

Students will be make choices based on their everyday families water and energy uses. Will they be able to sustain the earth? 

Grade 2

 

Grade 5

Rate of Flow

Every stream we see is connected to a larger water system.  That means that each impact we have on local waterways somehow affects the whole water shed.  What is the stream flow rate; learn how to measure it and how we can use that information to become more aware of how we affect ecosystems.

 

Grade 2

 

Grade 4

Motion of the Ocean

 

 

Students will participate in a simple science experiment to learn how the chemical properties of water (temp. and salinity) can cause water circulation

 

Grade 3

Grade 5

Well Model

Look at the insides of a well. Learn how a hydrogeologist takes measurements of the groundwater. See the effects of pumping water on the water level of the groundwater.

 

 

Grade 3

 

Grade 4

Up on the watershed

This hands-on centre allows students the opportunity to understand; what is a watershed, how they are connected, and how we have an impact on the watershed

 

 

Grade 3

Grade 4

 

All the Water in the World

Students may know that the earth is covered mainly by water, but they may not realize that only a small amount is available for human consumption. Learning that water is a limited resource helps students appreciate the need to use water wisely.

 

Various grade level

 

Well Drill It

 

 

 

Students have the opportunity to see a Well Drilling rig. Staff from a local well drilling company will demonstrate how the machine and augers work to drill a hole in the ground to obtain drinking water.

 

 

 Grade 3

 

Grade 4

Rainy Day in the Urban Forest

 

 

City of Guelph present this fun ball toss game demonstrates the important role trees play in replenishing groundwater supplies. Students learn how rainwater, trees and groundwater connect to provide quality drinking water for the community.

 

 

 Grade 3

Grade 4

DO the Limbo This activity centre demonstrates how human activies can impact dissolved oxygen levels in our lakes and rivers and how dissolved oxygen levels impact fish. A fun and interactive station.  

 

Grade 5

 Macro Mania  Students will learn about the influence of land use on water quality and the practice of macro invertebrate sampling to measure water quality

 Grade 3,4, 5

 

 

 

 

 

A complete discription of each activity can be found on the Children's Water Education Council's web site; www.cwec.ca - under the Educators section. We hope this helps you plan your visit so that you can get the most out of it!

 
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