The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) has assumed state sponsorship of Project WET, an interdisciplinary water science and education program for formal and non-formal educators of students in kindergarten through grade 12 and adults. The program was previously sponsored by the Kentucky Environmental Education Council (KEEC).
The goal of Project WET, an acronym for Water Education for Teachers, is to provide scientifically accurate and educationally sound water resources education materials, training courses and networking services to citizens, organizations, governments and corporations.
The primary tool of the program is the newly revised Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0, a 592-page book containing 64 interactive and classroom-ready activities, varied lesson plans, cross-reference tables, indices and a substantial glossary. The activities are grounded in science and are cross-curricular in nature, addressing the chemistry of water, functionality of watersheds, and such contemporary issues as water systems, resource management, water quality, water conservation, land-use planning and wetlands.
Persons interested in using Project WET activities can request a Sampler Training course to learn more about the materials offered and gain access to seven activities. To use the full Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 and gain access to the online Protect WET Portal resources, individuals must become certified in the project by attending a full-day Project WET workshop.
Additionally, with the release of the 2011 2.0 guide, the Project WET national office is requesting that persons previously certified take a refresher course to use or teach the newest version of the materials.
For further information on obtaining first-time or refresher training in Project WET, e-mail Michelle Shane at ProjectWET@ky.gov or call the Division of Water at (502) 564-3410.