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Project WET in the Panhandle

Project WET: Water Education for Teachers

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection ? together with Florida?s Water Management Districts ? supports the professional development of teachers and non-formal educators through the nationally recognized Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) program. The Office of Environmental Education conducts regularly scheduled workshops in the Panhandle region and supports area specific requests on a case-by-case basis.

What is Project WET?

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is an exciting interdisciplinary water education program for Florida's teachers and other educators working with young people in grades K?12. The program can be integrated into the existing curricula of a school, museum, university pre-service class or community organization.

Goal

The goal of Project WET is to facilitate and promote awareness, appreciation, knowledge and stewardship of water resources through the development and dissemination of classroom-ready teaching aids, and through the establishment of internationally and state-sponsored Project WET programs.

Curriculum

The Project WET curriculum integrates Florida's Sunshine State Standards. Project WET activities promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills and are easily integrated into subjects such as:

  • studentChemistry and physics.
  • Life science, earth systems and natural resources.
  • Social studies.
  • History.
  • Language arts, fine arts and culture.

History

The original WET program was developed in 1984 by the North Dakota State Water Commission. National Project WET is located on the campus of Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. Materials generated from the national office are distributed through more than 40 state Project WET programs. In Florida, Project WET is sponsored by the St. Johns River, Suwannee River, Southwest Florida and South Florida water management districts and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Guide

The Project WET guide provides more than 90 hands-on water activities. The guide features:

  • Comprehensive cross-reference and planning charts.
  • Background information for each activity.
  • "Charting the Course" activity links to other activities.
  • Activity icons for quick connections to water concepts.

Workshops

When you attend a Project WET workshop, you will participate in hands-on, minds-on activities, both indoors and out. You will also receive the Project WET Activity and Curriculum Guide, along with other valuable resource materials. Workshops are six hours long.

Scheduling a Workshop for Your Area

Use the contact information below for details. Workshop requirements are:

  • Minimum of 10 educators (not all have to be classroom teachers) to a maximum of 30.
  • Proposed workshop dates (workshops consist of a minimum of six contact hours of training).
  • Potential locations for workshops.
  • Participants do not have to be from the same area, school, grade level or disciplines.

Upcoming Workshops/Training/Events

Date Location Description Workshop Organizer/Host, Facilitator

August 1, 2009

November 14, 2009

Tallahassee Museum

Tallahassee Museum

 

For more information, contact Misty Alderman 850-245-2906  

student measuring water phProject WET: Meeting The Needs of Florida?s Teachers

Contact Information

Misty Alderman - Misty.Alderman@dep.state.fl.us
Phone: (850) 245-2906

Links to Project WET in other parts of Florida

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Last updated: May 23, 2012

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