Over 1,500 fourth-graders from 21 elementary schools in the valley learned about water during the annual Water Fair on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Cache County Fairgrounds. Hosted by the Cache County Storm Water Coalition, students learned about various topics through hands-on activities.
“We also try to pick topics that correlate to the fourth-grade core curriculum relative to the water cycle and water systems,” said Bill Young, the city engineer of Logan. “This hopefully works as a good review this time of year as they go into core testing and being able to review that aspect of their core curriculum.”
Students transitioned between stations manned by volunteers from 10 cities in the county as well as from Utah State University, the Rural Water Association and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Students learned about water treatment, water conservation, source protection of wells and groundwater, the water cycle, cross contamination of water, the importance of minimizing erosion and how to prevent surface contamination.
The Cache County Storm Water Coalition has been hosting the Water Fair for the past nine or 10 years.
“As part of our permit with the (Utah Department of Environmental Quality), we provide some public education and outreach,” Young said. “This is one of the activities that we do.”
Fourth-grade teacher Greg Cox from Ellis Elementary said he appreciated that the whole county was involved in putting on the Water Fair.
“It lets the students know that this isn't just a city issue. This is a county and state issue,” Cox said. “It teaches the importance of water conservation and using water correctly.”
Cox explained that the water cycle is a big part of the fourth-grade science curriculum, and these types of activities are really engaging for the students.
“I think that they like coming out and seeing all of the activities that we as teachers can't do in our classroom because we don't have the resources,” Cox said.