A school education program, designed to increase water literacy and knowledge is being uploaded online to support student learning during the coronavirus pandemic response.
Seqwater is working with state education departments and other education providers to shift its H2O Kids program to an online format, with many Queensland students learning from home amid COVID-19 restrictions.
The program has been developed for schools to teach students about water, its importance and how it is managed as a precious natural resource.
Seqwater Chief Executive Officer Neil Brennan said since H2O Kids was launched in late-2018, the program had already been delivered to more than 50,000 students across SEQ.
“H2O Kids takes students through the water story, the natural and urban water cycle, the role of catchments, how we use water and the future of water,” Mr Brennan said.
“It offers a suite of experiences and resources for teachers and students, from Prep to Year 12, with school excursions, projects, classroom activities and information - all linked to the Australian Curriculum.
“Normally the program offers school-based incursions and excursions to support classroom learning however while social distancing measures remain in place, we’ve had to adapt face-to-face learning to an online environment.”
Mr Brennan said Seqwater was now offering H2O Kids online, with videos and downloadable resources available via its website to support distance-learning and allow water education to continue.
“Although we can no longer deliver water education through our traditional face-to-face method, we have moved quickly to ensure we can continue to reach students through a whole new and exciting medium,” Mr Brennan said.
“Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders and education plays a vital role in providing students with knowledge, passion and determination to make a real difference in the world”.
The new online content will include a series of online videos to substitute class incursions, downloadable resources such as activity sheets and the option of booking 30-minute online interactive lessons hosted by Seqwater’s Education Team.