- Who is WATERWATCH for?
WATERWATCH is adaptable for students from Years 7 to 13, and is also available to community groups
- What do we need to bring?
Schools need to provide virtually nothing, except the students, and appropriate clothing (sunhats, jackets). WATERWATCH provides trained educators and all the necessary equipment. However we have a limited number of waders so some schools prefer their students to wear short pants and old trainers to enable more students to get into the water. In winter we require the use of waders or gumboots for safety
- Where can we do the WATERWATCH programme?
Most schools have a stream, river or pond close to their school. If there is no waterway nearby we can meet you at any waterway that is convenient for you. Alternatively, we can bring water samples and invertebrates from a stream to your school
- How much does WATERWATCH cost
It’s FREE to schools and community groups, thanks to Lincoln University and our sponsors
- Does WATERWATCH support the new School Curriculum?
Certainly. WATERWATCH uses a modular system that can be customised to meet the specific needs of your group. It is applicable to school science, geography and mathematics, agriculture and horticulture programmes. WATERWATCH also provides resources for NCEA achievement standards in science, biology and geography and will work with high schools in developing assessment tasks for internal achievement standards. Assistance is also available for students undertaking science fair projects on water-based environmental topics
- How much time is required?
A WATERWATCH session with a class of 30 students requires a minimum of 90 minutes. However a session of around 120 minutes is preferable to enable the main chemical parameters, macroinvertebrates and stream flow to be measured by the students
- What happens if the weather is bad
We can cancel and make an arrangement for another day, or we can “bring the river to the classroom”. Although we are unable to study certain aspects such as stream flow indoors, some chemical and biological studies can still be undertaken
- Do you provide visits in advance or, or following, a WATERWATCH excursion?
Yes these can be arranged if desired. Other providers, e.g. ECan and the City Council can provide water-related workbooks and activities
- Can you help students with their science fair projects?
If the project is catchment or water-based then yes we can help, subject to demand. If several groups from your school require our help and equipment then we can come to you. Alternatively, we may suggest you to visit us at Lincoln University to use the facilities in the Water Laboratory
- What happens to the data that is collected?
The students record their results in a workbook that is provided. These data provides the basis for discussion back in the classroom. In addition, WATERWATCH uses this data to assemble a database of regional water conditions. This data is freely available for use, and has been used for science fair projects, exhibitions and elementary statistical analyses
- How do I book?
To book with WATERWATCH , or to obtain more information, please contact us.
Page last updated on: 05/12/2013