In the Orange County Watershed Education Ambassador Program (OC WEAP) program, college students are trained on watershed and water quality concepts and work in teams to present this information to elementary, middle, and high school students.
Are you a:
K-12 school that would like to have college ambassadors visit in the fall or spring?
College that would like to host an OC WEAP program to get your college students involved?
K-12 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) curriculum
Hands-on inquiry-based learning experience
Learn from trained students going to college in their area
Good for K-12 Teachers
Constructed with NGSS in mind
Adjustable instruction time
In-class field trip
Good for College Students
Gain experience in the classroom teaching NGSS based science curriculum
Develop leadership and presentation skills
Participate in a peer leadership opportunity
Good for Colleges
Low cost student engagement program
Provide students tiered leadership capacity building
Connect students to a government agency and local school districts
Good for the Community
Welcomes students as a member of their civic community
Exposes students to government and how it works in their community
Shares the work that people are doing to make our community better
Good for the Environment
Students learn to take action to prevent water pollution
Students take water quality messages home to parents
Education leads to behaviors protective of water quality
OC WEAP was established in fall 2012 through a collaborative effort between OC Environmental Resources and Chapman University. OC Environmental Resources staff provided water quality expertise and outreach resources to the university students, who then developed and presented a watershed-based curriculum that both met the required California Science Content Standards and provided an interactive and engaging experience for elementary students.
The inaugural presentation on May 1, 2013 at Linda Vista Elementary School in Orange, California was a great success; four Chapman University Watershed Ambassadors presented the watershed curriculum to almost 70 fifth graders. Chapman University continues to implement the program today, and has reached over 1,300 elementary students within the Orange Unified School District since its inception.
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