Water Docs @ School Action Projects Program
Water Docs @ School Action Projects is an 8-month learning and action program for Ontario Grade 8 students, delivered through a partnership between Ecologos and Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF). The program (valued at $3,700) is lauded by teachers for instilling in students a deep caring for the environment, and for developing skills of leadership, team building, project management and filmmaking.
Water Docs @ School Action Projects takes a unique, hands-on approach to bring young people into a close relationship with water, building their understanding of water systems and instilling in them a passion for water stewardship. Through Water Docs @ School, current and future generations of Canadians will be inspired to protect our most critical resource.
The goals of the program are:
- To teach the curriculum expectations through a unique Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) format, providing authentic opportunities for making positive change in the local community
- To provide action experiences focused on water, which cultivate the attitudes, knowledge and skills necessary for students to take action on future environmental issues
- To foster an appreciation for water
- To inspire students to be agents of change and stewards of water in their local community, acting as ‘Waterkeepers for Life’.
- September to November: Program orientation; intesnse study of home watershed and Great Lakes
- December to March: Hands on action-project - data collection, community outreach
- December to April: Filming, editing and submission
- May: Attend Student Recognition Day; Program Evaluation
Awards are available for the top submissions in the following categories:
- Best Film: High-end laptop for classroom
- Best Project: High-end Laptop for classroom
All participating teachers and their classes will receive:
- Free interdisciplinary curriculum-tied lesson plans and supporting resources
- An opportunity to speak with the TVO’s The Water Brothers
- Class admission to Water Docs@ School Action Projects Recognition Day
- Two adult passes to the Water Docs 2018 Film Festival in Toronto (Valued at $100)
- Copy of films from all participating classes
- Recognition Certificates and plaques for participating students and schools
- Film making and story-telling guidance
- Awards will be presented for Best Project(s) and Best Film(s)
- … and more!
Participating students will:
- Research water issues affecting their local communities;
- Develop action projects to address a local issue;
- Capture their project initiatives and success in a short documentary film;
- Compete for an opportunity to showcase their film and project at the Water Docs @ School Action Projects Recognition Day in Spring 2017.
The program has already started but you can still register below:
To hear from a pair of teachers about their own exciting experiences with the program, you can see that conversation on our Youtube page or below:
To see the winners of the 2015/2016 Water Docs @ School Action Projects Program please check out the following links:
For more information please visit http://ecologos.ca/water-docs-school/ or contact: