January 20, 2021


Read how fourth grade teacher, Jennifer Smith, will use her Teacher Grant at El Camino Creek Elementary 🍎

The Water Conservation Strategies project will begin with a discussion of the environmental impacts of importing water from the Bay Delta and Colorado Rivers and the water energy nexus. The students will do an exercise to discover their "water footprint" and think of strategies they can use to conserve water. They will explore the benefits of hydroponic farming and compare water usage of a crop grown in a hydroponic system to a crop grown in soil.

Students will learn about the benefits of rainwater harvesting and will explore ways to use the school's rain cisterns. They will find their school's rain water harvest potential by calculating the area of different buildings on campus and plugging the data into a rain harvest equation. Then, they can explore ways to use the water and engineer the solution.

We can't wait to see what these students learn about growing hydroponically and rainwater harvesting!

To see how Jennifer Smith used her Teacher Grant last year, check out this video from our Youtube channel: https://bit.ly/2KI4UmH