High Desert Droplet - December 2017

A Story About a Fish

Dec 20, 2017 at 3:10pm

More than 100 High Desert students learned how taking care of our Mojave River Watershed significantly affects our water -- and a fish named Freddie! 

On Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, the 10th Annual Youth Environmental Leadership Conference (YELC) hosted more than 260 students from eight High Desert schools to participate in a day of interactive workshops and presentations to ignite project ideas on how to keep our community’s pollution concerns a priority.

During the one-day conference, students learned from professionals in the field of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through hands-on workshops involving robotics, engineering concepts, solar power and water conservation.

The Mojave River Watershed Group's story of “Freddie The Fish,” highlighted the importance of how our community’s choices affect the quality of our stormwater. Students engaged with different types of pollutants and saw first-hand how Freddie encountered them on his swim downstream. Students participated in groups as they placed their “Freddie the Fish” shaped sponge in a plastic container with clean water. As the students moved Freddie “downstream,” food and other natural items representing water pollutants like animal waste, sand, oil and trash were added to the container. Once the container reached the end of the story, students saw how the water was disturbed by pollution. The workshop concluded with the students creating colorful posters displaying suggestions on how the High Desert can make “pollution free” choices!

 

 

 

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