Welcome to our educational resources information page! Our Education testkit was designed with students and teachers in mind and is your one-stop resource for water quality monitoring. Our education testkit has strong and intentional connections to elementary and secondary school curriculums across Canada. Explore these curriculum connections here. On top of our education kit, we also have many downloadable activities, lessons, and other resources, which you can explore on this page.
Our educational framework
Experiential education – The how
The tools in our water quality testkits offer young people direct, hands-on experiences. By reflecting on these experiences, young people can formulate hypotheses then refine them through experimentation. This cycle of learning deepens both their understanding of water science and their interest in environmental stewardship.
Science education – The what
From measuring pH to understanding the effects of pollution on aquatic ecosystems, young people build important scientific skills and knowledge through our activities. Having fun and meaningful experiences monitoring water can also ignite a passion for science! In 2020, 88% of the 6,250 students who participated in our programs increased their interest in STEM.
Outdoor education – The where
Lakes, streams, ponds or oceans—any water body can become our classroom. By being out in nature, young people nurture their relationship to the water and the land. In our work, we observed that people who test water weekly significantly increase their “nature relatedness”, which has been shown to promote wellbeing and pro-environmental behaviour.
Environmental education – The why
Our activities empower young people to address the environmental issues they care about. When we learn about water bodies, we want to protect them. When we realize how important initiatives like water monitoring or shoreline cleanup can be, we act. By teaching young people about water preservation, we’re inspiring the next generation of water stewards!