From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., we’ll give a nod to the past with the heritage plants in our gardens. We’ll also bring you up to the present with Public Outreach Coordinator Monica Hoyt’s hourly pH experiments and give you a peek at the future.
No, we’re not dragging out a crystal ball or stirring tea leaves into a cup of hot water. This is so much better!
Students from American Fork Junior High’s earth science class will exhibit the prototypes they developed through the school year, offering possible solutions to Utah’s future water crisis.
“This wasn’t just a science project; it was a real-life scenario,” said Hoyt, who with Water Conservation Coordinator Richard Maloy and Blake Vandemere from Vivint mentored the students and provided materials. “In their English classes, they wrote the proposals, and there was math involved and much more. We were so impressed with their ingenuity.”
It all started when science teacher Lisa Allphin, eager to introduce Utah’s water issues to her students, arranged a field trip with CUWCD to the Jordanelle hydroelectric plant this past fall. A gathering of mentors from several organizations further whet the students’ interest, leading to the long-term partnership with CUWCD and Vivint.
The STEM-inspired collaboration proved to be a great experience for the students, said English teacher Matt Strock. Some of the students were on the verge of giving up on school and even giving up on themselves, he said, and “now, they’re beginning to see their potential–and for some, it is the first time in their lives they feel like they can do something.”
These are the problem-solvers of our future, Hoyt added. “They’re going to be the ones in the workforce dealing with these issues. We’re so excited to show the community our future is in good hands,” she said.
Prepare to be astounded!