Teacher Academies
Arizona Project WET Teacher Academies offer professional development that evolves teachers’ instructional practice and water-related content mastery through STEM integration, student-directed learning, real-world and relevant application, and collaborative work.

Teacher Academies

"I'm so excited!! I feel so much more confident in teaching and conducting activities and experiments with my students! :)"

The WSI is a fun and easy way for students and adult community members to become Water Scene Investigators and really save water! This activity starts with an eye-opening examination of water use and water-use technology.  It includes installing a simple water-saving technology in the home: a faucet aerator.  WSI Investigators measure their faucets’ average flow rate before instillation of the new aerator and after the installation of the new aerator.  They report their water savings here.  And they see how their actions compare to and combine with others’ to save more water in Arizona. 

Graph of Top 10 Yearly Water Savers

The WSI program can be used by educators, businesses, public agencies, non-formal education, and the community to engage 5th through 9th grade students in a project focused on water conservation, efficiency, and water auditing. The WSI is a two‐day, in‐classroom project; the two days can be separated by a week to allow for homework completion. And it may be easily adapted for non‐classroom use, whether that is in community groups or clubs, with youth or with adults.

The WSI inspires simple actions that result in real water savings. This year, students involved in APW programs that use the WSI activity in and out of school saved a projected 18,973,169 gallons of water through applying their knowledge and installing water efficient devices.

The WSI is a participatory method of learning STEM skills. Students learn effective ways of conserving water indoors, while developing specific STEM skills. Students utilize math skills by measuring water use before and after the installation of new faucet aerators, and then calculating annual water use in gallons per year using mathematical thinking skills.  They gain critical awareness of scientific principles of measurement, accuracy, prediction, observation, problem solving, analysis and well-reasoned conclusion-making  based on data-driven evidence as they perform the faucet audit with their own hands and minds.

Thank you . . .

APW is proud to have collaborated with districts, schools and water providers to bring Teacher Academies to teachers and, through them, to Arizona students.

Funding Sponsors

Arizona Hydrological Society Logo
City of Yuma
Central Arizona Project logo
Arizona Department of Water Resources
City of Peoria
Liberty Utilities
Tucson Water Logo Lt blue on top
Town of Gilbert

In-Kind Sponsors

Salt River Project

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