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Oregon School Kids Immerse Themselves at Water Festival
Photos and Story by Mark Evertz
What: Close to 2,000 fifth and sixth graders will soak up knowledge at PCC’s Rock Creek Campus when they attend the 5th Annual Clean Water Festival. In hands-on lab and classroom activities, students and their teachers will learn about protecting our water, conservation, preventing pollution and the many careers that exist within this field. Students will be treated to demonstrations by water resource experts. Plus they’ll be able to stand inside a giant bubble, play games like water "Jeopardy" and puddle pictures, and see stage shows on water topics.
Julie Magers, director of the project, says, "Some people think along the processes of the scientific mind, while others need to see things visually or learn something through artistic expression. Our goal is to have something for everyone, because water is critical to each and every one of us."
The public is invited to visit the exhibit hall in Building 3 and tour selected activities. Guests need to check in at the registration desk in Building 7.
When: Friday, March 20, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus, 17705 N.W. Springville Road, Buildings 2, 3 and 7.
Who: Participants include the Oregon Water Resources Department, the Unified Sewerage Agency, the Oregon Groundwater Association, the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, Mt. Hood National Forest, businesses and citizen groups. The Coho Road Show will perform and Hawk Haven will bring birds of prey to help students learn about habitat preservation. KGW’s Matt Zaffino will also be on hand to teach kids about meteorology.
Add’l Info: A special luncheon features speakers Dan Moriarty, PCC president, Charles Jordan, director of Portland Parks and Recreation, Gail Boyd, vice president of Woodward Clyde consultants, and Christine Anderson, director of Public Works, City of Eugene. The festival is sponsored by the Oregon Community Foundation, along with PCC, the PSU Center for Science Education and many other community partners.