The long summer break was a great time for us to reflect on the first year of Water Explorer. And what a start to the programme it was! The variety of team activities was astounding. We had the creation of water banks at Birches school in South Africa, children creating rap songs to encourage others to save water at Oakdale Primary School in England and the construction of a vegetable water irrigation system by Goethe Gymnasium Emmendingen school in Germany to name a few. International relations were furthered through Skype school links and we can celebrate that over 57,000 children were inspired to learn about water issues and their role in tackling them in a fun, empowering way.
Of course, not all of our teams created ingenious projects but that is the beauty of Water Explorer. Every drop counts, whether big or small and together our 589 teams saved over 1 million m3 of water.
As we start Year 2 of the programme, we look forward to growing our number of Water Explorers and making an even bigger impression.
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 [email protected] 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