Water First’s GUSH program features two new workshops for Grades 7 and 8!
Designed by Ontario-certified teachers using a STEAM framework, each of our GUSH workshops encourages students to use inquiry, collaboration and problem-solving skills to complete a hands-on design challenge! With a focus on real-world First Nations water issues, our workshops encourage student creativity and awareness while covering expectations from the Intermediate Science & Technology and Geography curricula.
Science & Technology Unit: Pure Substances and Mixtures, Geography Unit: Use and Sustainability
Water is the universal solvent, so when pollutants enter our waterways, it can be quite difficult to remove them! Students are introduced to Grassy Narrows First Nation, a community that has been affected by industrial water contamination for the last fifty years. Working in teams, students are tasked with the challenge of separating mixtures and solutions, while investigating the social, environmental, and economical issues that come with resource extraction.
Grade 8: Working Watersheds
Science & Technology Unit: Water Systems, Geography Unit: Patterns and Sustainability
The economy and the environment can produce competing priorities. Through inquiry and collaboration, students explore key factors that can influence decision making and decide for themselves where their priorities lie. Classes are introduced to Northern Ontario, a region of ecological significance that is home to 31 First Nations communities. This area also hosts valuable mineral deposits, which if extracted, can provide employment opportunities and support local economies in the region. Using unique and interactive watershed models, students work in teams to preserve or alter water flows that are vital to communities and commerce, creating a Northern Ontario that can meet or challenge the needs of a variety of stakeholders and rights holders.
Water First is able to provide affordable GUSH workshops through the generous support of RBC’s Blue Water Project and the Jalynn H. Bennett Foundation.
This was such an outstanding morning. My students thoroughly enjoyed the hands-on activities and teacher-led experiments. A great addition to our program.
Goodfellow Public School
The GUSH program was amazing. A great variety of activities that covered everything from basic understanding to real-world applications.
Fred C. Cook Public School
Loved the hands-on activities and presentation style! The workshop spoke to kids at their level as "young adults."