Water Testing Workshop in Brazil - October and November 2010
Our objective with this workshop was to educate students in a relaxed way about the need to
preserve this important resource called water.
We prepared a contest of knowledge, where students in small groups had to answer questions
related to five different topics presented, plus testing water and drawing the outline of a project for the
preservation of water on our planet, which could be used in our daily life. We divided the class into three different groups: blue, green, and yellow and each participant received a SEED hat in the color of their group.
There were a total of nine workshops going on in Brazil during the months of October and
November. One in each active SEED school in the country.
The workshop had the following dynamics:
We divided the class into three different groups: blue, green, and yellow and each participant
received a SEED hat in the color of their group.
One or more SEED volunteers joined each group to assist the students during the activities. The
activities were part of a contest, and the groups were competing against each other.
· The first activity of the groups was to discuss openly with their SEED volunteer on what they
knew about water. Our intention with this activity was to understand what they knew about the
issue of water on the planet so that we could drive the presentation of the themes from the
point of view of the students.
· For the second activity we prepared a few summarized texts on the five topics below to be
addressed by the volunteers to the students on the day of the event. Right after the
presentation of each of the topics, the students answered questions about them. Each correct
answer gave the group 10 points for the contest.
1. Where’s the water?
2. Water Cycles
3. The importance of water
4. The impact of water shortage on the planet
· The third activity was to test the water using the SEED kit “Water Testing”. Each group
performed the water testing under the supervision of the volunteers. The water used for testing
was collected from a river or a lake located near the school (or water from a faucet, if the school
didn’t have a natural water source nearby).
· As the final activity of the workshop each group had to prepare an action plan which could be
done by each one of us daily; and also actions that could be taken by the authorities in order to
help to preserve the water on our planet. The group that prepared the most thorough and
usable plan by the public and the authorities would be the winner of this activity which was
worth 50 points.
· After counting the scores of all the groups, we rewarded the winner with a bottle of SEED water.