The Kern County Water Agency’s Improvement District No. 4 (ID4) is pleased to offer the following Next Generation Science Standards-based high school presentations and materials free of charge to schools located within ID4’s service area.
The high school program is made possible through funding from the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006 (Proposition 84) administered by the California Department of Water Resources.
Introduction to Groundwater and the Groundwater Flow Model
The best way for students to understand groundwater is to actually see it in a groundwater flow model. In this 50-minute informative presentation, students learn the vocabulary associated with groundwater and see a demonstration of groundwater flow. Colored dye is injected into the groundwater model to demonstrate water percolation and how groundwater travels. The interactive model allows high school students to visualize the out-of-sight underground portion of the water (hydrologic) cycle.
At the conclusion of the presentation, teachers receive the Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) activity “Get the Groundwater Picture” and a groundwater poster for their classroom.
Local and State Water Supplies
This 45-minute classroom presentation leads students through a discussion of local and state water sources, and the history of California’s complex water system. Students will also be introduced to the water purification process, and to varied and numerous career opportunities in the water industry. As an extension activity, teachers have the option of showing ID4’s “Do the Water” video segments that explain the purification process. The videos were made in collaboration with the Kern County Superintendent of Schools.
At the conclusion of the presentation, teachers receive a California water map poster for their classrooms.
The water that comes out of the tap has quite a story to tell. In this six-video segment, as part of the “Do the Science” series, the water purification process is explored through scientific concepts, along with a preview of the variety of careers available in the water industry as demonstrated at the Kern County Water Agency’s Improvement District No. 4 Henry C. Garnett Water Purification Plant.