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’.

Key Dates:

  • 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:

Cost: Free!

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:

Best Project - "The Story of the Unpluggernauts" by Brookside Public School

Best Film - "Keeping Up With Compost" by Hazel McCallion Senior Public School

For more information please visit http://ecologos.ca/water-docs-school/ or contact:

Joanne Huy




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