DOVER, Del. – Fourth graders from seven Delaware elementary schools learned about protecting the state's water resources during a festival Tuesday.
“Make a Splash” gave more than 650 students the opportunity to explore past and present water resource issues at the St. Jones Reserve near Dover.
“This is a really good event, and it's very engaging for our students,” said Tina Metcalfe, a fourth grade teacher at South Dover Elementary.
Her students were among those who visited 26 activity stations. At one called the Incredible Journey, they learned how water moves through the water cycle and that humans can only use a small amount of the water on Earth. Other stations taught students about the Power of Water, macro-invertebrates, water pollution and solutions, Delaware's wetlands and mosquitoes, the uses of water in colonial cooking, water concentration, historical travel on the St. Jones and hurricanes.
Delaware's Make a Splash festival has been around for 16 years. Maggie Pletta, the education director with DNREC's Delaware Coastal Programs, says it provides students with real-life examples they understand.
“The hands-on activities and demonstrations were designed to ignite interest, increase knowledge, and encourage the next generation of Delaware's water stewards,” she said.
Madison Butler gained a wealth of knowledge from her attendance at the festival.
“We're learning about water and how it was used in history,” the fourth grader said. “And we're learning that water is in a lot of things – clouds, animals, lakes, streams, soil and air.”
Schools that participated included: Allen Frear Elementary in Camden Wyoming, Henry Brader Elementary School in Newark, Lighthouse Christian School in Dagsboro, Old State Elementary School in Townsend, Richard Shields Elementary in Lewes, South Dover Elementary School in Dover and Towne Point Elementary in Dover.