The Winner Is... St. George School!
Here are some pictures from St. George School's winning Student Action Project:
It was a very close competition with four Saskatoon schools having submitted final reports! St. George School won by 0.67 of a total point and the spread between the winning school and the school that received the lowest score was only 3.67. Congratulations to St. George School! Thank you to the staff and students at St. Maria Goretti Community School, Holy Family School, and Tommy Douglas Collegiate for having also participated in the Student Action on Saskatoon Water Attitudes Competition!
Here is a video from Tommy Douglas Collegiate's Project:
and here are some pictures from Tommy Douglas Collegiate's Student Action Project:
Here are some pictures from St. Maria Goretti Community School's Student Action Project:
St. George School will receive a water bottle filling station that has a value of $3,000 or less and a commemorative plaque. We hope to have a celebratory webinar and/or ribbon cutting event at the school in the spring!
student action on Saskatoon water attitudes competition
Thanks to funding from RBC's Blue Water Project, the Safe Drinking Water Foundation (SDWF) is privileged and excited to hold the Student Action on Saskatoon Water Attitudes competition. Four schools participated in the competition and submitted final reports in the hopes to win a big prize while improving the water situation in Saskatoon!
Since 2001, the SDWF has been providing schools with the materials and support necessary to educate young Canadians about water quality issues through its distribution of water education kits to over 2,600 schools across Canada. During the 2015-2016 school year a Student Action on Canadian Water Attitudes Competition was held. The winning schools were located in Edmonton, Alberta and Nelson, British Columbia. Now, we have focused on the issues in the community in which we have our office, Saskatoon. Saskatoon students took action and competed for a large prize in the Student Action on Saskatoon Water Attitudes competition.
Taking place during the 2017-2018 school year; this competition was offered to students, in kindergarten to grade 12, in Saskatoon to investigate water issues in their city. The competition involved students surveying their community to get an understanding of knowledge and attitudes on a topic of their choice and presenting their findings in a report. The winning class/group will be presented with one water bottle filling station and a plaque!
Students were tasked with understanding and educating residents in the community on their choice of issues such as: flood control due to impermeable surfaces, amount of energy required to treat water, high daily water consumption of Saskatoon residents (anybody taking one hour showers in your household?!), and uses of potable water. A necessary component was to also teach people where their tap water comes from (a surprising number of people don't know!). Along with the focus on water quality and security, students learned how to conduct baseline surveys, process data, and create a report. Their projects had five steps:
1. They brainstormed and decided on a water issue in their community to address.
2. They conducted preliminary surveys.
3. They developed a plan and took action to educate and involve people in the community concerning the water issues they have chosen to address.
4. They conducted follow-up surveys.
5. They presented the results of their efforts (i.e. report and pictures/video/etc.) which will be judged by a panel of water experts in order to declare the winning group of students.
We held webinars to teach students how to do every step of the project. We were there to support the teachers and their students every step of the way! We will always be available to answer questions, help with tech issues, or just to bounce ideas off of – only a phone call (1-306-934-0389) or e-mail message (firstname.lastname@example.org) away!
By joining us in changing attitudes on water issues facing Saskatonians, your students not only had a chance to win an amazing water themed prize package but were also proactive in positive change in their community and environment!
If you have any questions about the competition or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact Nicole Hancock, Executive Director at 1-306-934-0389 or email@example.com
The First webinar: Launch and water issues
tHE SECOND WEBINAR: preliminary suRVEYS
The Third Webinar: Educating the Community
The fourth Webinar: Follow-up Surveys
The fifth webinar: Final Report
Final reports were due: February 16, 2018
To complete the final report of your project and have your project judged for prizes you will need the following information:
- Your school’s contact information
- Whether the project took place in Saskatoon (if your project did not take place in Saskatoon your school will not be eligible to win a prize package. However, we still appreciate forms being completed for projects which took place in other communities!)
- Description of your action project (including the issue you decided to tackle, why you chose that issue, the steps you took to distribute surveys, educate the community, and the reaction you received from community members) in 750 words or less.
- Whether your students attended or watched any of the webinars which were held by Safe Drinking Water Foundation. If yes, you will need the number of webinars and the number of students who attended/watched the webinars.
- The number of youth (0 to 24 years of age) who were directly involved in the implementation of this project (i.e. students who wrote surveys, educated community members, distributed surveys, etc.)
- The number of volunteers (if any) who were involved in the implementation of this project (parents, people from local companies who volunteered, general community members, etc.) and the number of volunteer hours which were invested into your project.
- The number of people you educated.
- The number of these people who were youth (0 to 24 years of age)
- The number of surveys which were distributed and the number of people who completed each survey
- The number of community educational events which were held (i.e. the number of times your students spoke at an assembly about water issues, the number of events at which they spoke, etc.).
- The number of any formal or informal partnerships which were developed through collaboration as a direct result of this program/project (for example, did you get the employees at a local company involved, or a local watershed group, etc.)
- The number of litres of water saved or the number of litres of water saved and the number of water saving devices installed.
- The square meters of impermeable surface (ex: concrete) made permeable.
- An outline of the process you used in order to calculate the decrease in water usage, the number of water saving devices installed and/or the square meters of impermeable surface made permeable, including a description of the conversion factors, worksheets and/or calculations you developed.
- The percentage of survey respondents who were correct when they responded to the first survey in regards to from where the city’s tap water comes.
- The percentage of survey respondents who were correct when they responded to the last survey in regards to from where the city’s tap water comes.
You can submit up to 12 photos and one video that is five minutes in length or shorter. You can send photos and a video to firstname.lastname@example.org.
By submitting photos and/or a video, you consent that SDWF and RBC have the right to use the photos or video provided. (Note: Depending on your school's/school division's policies you may need signed release forms.)
The judges (SDWF staff members for the objective categories and volunteers for the subjective categories) will give marks for each of the following categories:
Objective criteria, marked by SDWF staff members
1. Percentage of people who now know where the city’s drinking water comes from (out of 5 possible marks).
2. Number of community members who were engaged in the project (out of 5 possible marks).
3. Litres of water conserved or area of impermeable surface made permeable (out of 5 possible marks) – if actions were made in both areas the one for which the higher mark would be awarded will be judged.
Subjective criteria, marked by volunteers
4. Students changed community members’ attitudes and/or behaviours regarding water (out of 5 possible marks).
5. Pictures and/or videos were included which represent the project (5 marks, 3 marks or 1 mark).
6. Community Members of Various Ages Were Engaged in the Project (out of 3 possible marks).
Judges’ and Safe Drinking Water Foundation staff members' decisions will be final.
Anna-Maria Boechler is an Education Coordinator at Canadian Light Source, Saskatoon, SK.
She has a passion for science and learning and develops and coordinates educational outreach programs focused on encouraging educators and students to be lifelong learners. She has a background in science and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with degrees in Physiology and in Biochemistry.
During her studies at the University of Saskatchewan, she was involved in promoting science to youth through Sci-Fi Science Camps, which encouraged her to pursue an education degree and become a professional educator. She has learned to work with and teach a diverse group of youth and adults, develop teaching resources and workshops, develop appropriate assessment, establish a learning environment, and adjust teaching materials to better suit her learners.
Today, she expands on that knowledge and experience at the Canadian Light Source and promotes learning about the scientific process in an authentic way by encouraging students to ask questions and seek answers while being immersed in their own scientific research. She also encourages educators to challenge their teaching styles by incorporating innovative techniques such as inquiry, place, or problem based learning. In her spare time she enjoys walking her two dogs Benji and Bryer, and having a quiet evening playing board games.
Shyam Pillai is a Project Manager with Suncor Energy Inc. In this role, he is responsible to lead advancement of project execution excellence across the enterprise. With over 20 years in the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) and oil sands industries, Shyam has extensive leadership experience gained through various technical and management roles both in owner and contractor organizations.
He is working on development and execution of projects focused on maximizing value at acceptable risk for a broad portfolio of initiatives across Suncor oil sands base. He has built a strong technical and project management foundation through successive roles in design, project engineering, project management, construction management, and project development.
Shyam is basically a Mechanical Engineer presently registered as a Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). Shyam is actively associated with the local community's chess association in promotion of chess among young children and in the design of learning programs for their increased participation.
Shyam enjoys many outdoor recreational activities including running, hiking, and cycling.
Jody Rowland is a Director of Consumer Marketing at Optum Health in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
She is a customer-centric integrated marketing expert with agency and corporate retail expertise leading marketing teams and key stakeholders toward brand building, business results and revenue growth. Her background at such companies as Polaris Motorsports, Digital River Global E-Commerce and serving several Fortune 500 clients has led her to a strong foundation of digital marketing knowledge and success, with focus on end to end customer experience, e-commerce, multi-channel advertising strategy, innovative e-marketing solutions and execution.
ROI-driven experience and results in : E-commerce, Corporate and product branding/ identity, Creative Strategy and Delivery, B2B and B2C Consumer Journeys and Personas, Social Media, E-Mail Marketing, Paid Search, SEO, Events, Media Relations, National and Global sponsorships and partnerships.
She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, and is active on the Alumni Board and leads the Communications Committee. She is an avid outdoors enthusiast, having renovated a vintage canned-ham travel trailer and now camping with her bulldog Rigby in a retro teardrop camper across the Midwest US and in Canada.
Student Action on Saskatoon Water Attitudes Resources
Most Canadians take water for granted. We think we have lots of it and it will always be there. So in 2008, RBC started polling Canadians about their attitudes towards water—to see if the serious water issues around the world were having an impact on how we use and think about water, and tracking whether our attitudes are changing.
RBC has encouraged the broad dissemination of the data and its findings because they want to help contribute to a healthy conversation about the value and vulnerability of water in Canada.
Water Usage Calculators:
Water Conservation Information:
1 U.S. Gallon = 3.79 Litres
1 Imperial Gallon = 4.55 Litres
Approximate Water Usage of Household Appliances:
Example of calculation of water usage (shower head flows at 190 U.S. gallons per hour for 10 minutes):
Water used per minute in U.S. gallons: 190 U.S. gallons/60 minutes = 3.17 U.S. gallons/minute
Water used per minute in litres: 3.17 U.S. gallons x 3.79 litres/U.S. gallon = 12 litres
Water used in ten minutes: 12 litres x 10 minutes = 120 litres
If you need any help with calculations, worksheets, etc. please contact Nicole Hancock at email@example.com or 1-306-934-0389, she does have time to help you (and she loves math - actually, she's also a high school math teacher!).