Image: Keith Reinhardt at ISU engages K-12 in learning about their aquifer with the incredible edible aquifer at the Communiversity event at ISU (photo: Kathleen Lohse, ISU) [Click image to enlarge]
Researchers at Idaho State University, Kathleen Lohse and Keith Reinhardt, engaged 50+ K-12 students and their parents (~100) at the ISU Communiversity event (March 18th) in learning about their source of drinking water and their aquifer using the incredible edible aquifer.
Our exercise started with asking students with flash cards about the source of drinking water in Idaho and questions like what is an aquifer?, what is groundwater?, and what are possible contaminants that might get to the groundwater? We constructed an edible aquifer and reviewed these components of an aquifer. The student then enthusiastically dug a well (straws) and pumped the groundwater (soda) and observed subsidence. Food coloring was used to demonstrate how point source can potentially lead to groundwater contamination.
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Great educational outreach activity used in combination with visuals to engage K-gray on aquifers obtained from http://www.mines.unr.edu/