Last term, we worked with Watford Grammar School for Boys to help them deliver a whole-school, water-themed event. Affinity Water provided interactive activities to help students understand both the importance of water as a natural resource and also the range of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills used in the water industry.
From Art to PE, the week’s lessons all had a watery theme. Some students built and tested model water networks whilst others explored the social and political issues surrounding water resource management. The boys were particularly interested in exploring the negative impact of plastic products on sewers, local rivers and the world’s oceans.
Following an intense period of ‘teacher training’, Year 12 students taught Year 7 and Year 8 about water conservation. This gave the sixth formers the chance to develop their leadership skills while the younger students learnt about practical ways to reduce their water usage. Finally, a group of student film makers were selected from across the age ranges to create short videos on the subject of “future water”.
Hannah Battram, Affinity Water Education Services Manager said, “helping young people understand the importance of water as well as the link between STEM subjects and real life industry is so important”.
Ian Cooksey, Headteacher at Watford Grammar School for Boys commented: “This has been an excellent cross-curricular event with our staff teaching a variety of water-themed lessons to complement the Affinity Water activities. Bringing industry into the school is a fantastic way to engage students with topics linked to the curriculum, as well as showing some of the ways in which subjects learned at school can translate into interesting and successful careers. This has been a fantastic start to us growing further links with industry and working with other local schools following the opening of our STEM Centre in the Autumn.”
If you are planning an enrichment day at your school and would like the support of Affinity Water’s education service, please get in touch.