Make Your Own Challenge
I was lucky enough to work with Indaprastha School in India through the Connecting Classrooms project with the British Council. The Water Explorer project provided a perfect project to connect our two schools, and pupils from England and India have been sharing ideas on the importance of water since the teaching exchange.
Whilst in India I invited two speakers from Earth Watch to run a workshop for the Indian children on the importance of water. They created their own pledges for saving water in their school and local community. They will also complete the freshwater watch programme where they have the opportunity to test the quality of water in their local community. Results from this will be uploaded onto an international database so governments can identify polluted rivers.
We have been using Skype to share our thoughts and ideas on the water projects. It has been an excellent way to develop a deeper understanding of the issues of clean water in both India and England as well as growing relationships between the children in our two countries.
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Completing Challenges will help you climb the Water Explorer leaderboard. In addition, your project work can be used to support CREST and Eco-Schools Awards.
CREST Award (British Science Association)
Each year, over 32,000 CREST Awards are undertaken by 11-to-19-year-olds, giving them opportunities to explore real-world science, technology, engineering and maths projects in an exciting way.
Use Water Explorer Challenges as a basis for a CREST Bronze Award. To get the Award, you’ll need to spend at least 10 hours on your project. Find out more about CREST Bronze Award here.
Tackle Water Explorer Challenges and gather evidence to apply for an Eco-Schools Award. Challenges address several Eco-School topics including Water, Waste, Biodiversity and Global Citizenship. Take the plunge and go for your Green Flag Award! Find out more about Eco-Schools England here.
Contact the Water Explorer team through firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions on how Water Explorer can help you achieve sustainability success.
Global Action Plan UK (GAP UK) is an environmental behaviour change charity that has been helping people to adopt more sustainable lifestyles for over 20 years. GAP UK works with schools, communities and businesses to develop and deliver programmes that change behaviours.
GAP UK led the design of the global WaterExplorer programme and is coordinating its delivery across the 11 countries. You can find out more about us at www.globalactionplan.org.uk