Fourth graders in Colorado Springs School District 11 will have a new appreciation for our water, and how it gets from “snowflake to tap” after spending time immersed in water education at the Pikes Peak Children’s Water Festival on Friday, May 17.
More than 800 students filled the Pikes Peak Community College Centennial Campus for this year’s festival, now in its third year. Staffers from more than a dozen community organizations joined the effort. Kids got to handle worms and fish, play in the sand, examine skeletons and live amphibians, compete in trivia and get their hands a little dirty with Water Wise plants. This STEM approach - applying science, technology, engineering, and math in contexts that make connections between school, community, and the world - has many benefits. The students left with so much energy and excitement, with lessons that will certainly carry into their future.
Colorado Springs is one of the largest cities in the country not located on a major waterway. The festival is the first of its kind in the region and provides critical education to tomorrow’s leaders about the importance and value of water for the vitality and sustainability of our community.
The festival is sponsored by the City of Colorado Springs Water Engineering Resources Division and Colorado Springs Utilities. Thank you to all our amazing partners who brought these creative projects to life for the students, including - Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Springs School District 11, Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, the Catamount Institute, The City of Fountain, Bailey Land Solutions, Fountain Creek Nature Center, and the Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District.
We can’t wait to do it again next year!