Glen Crest Middle School sixth grade STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) class learned of The Water Project, an international organization that helps provide clean, safe drinking water communities around the world who suffer from lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation.
STEM teachers Darin Roddick-Small, (science) and Jeannifer Rodriguez, (math) brought this project to the attention of their students with videos, online websites and written information.
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The students were excited about not only learning about water purification but participating in interactive projects like building their own purification plant, identifying present water pollution issues, and understanding that weather affects water quality.
"We are hoping to show the students that we are very fortunate in what we have here in Glen Ellyn. By having them complete this unit, we are introducing them them to global issues that many people are affected by," stated Roddick-Small.
After studying and creating their own water purifiers, the students all wanted to establish a fundraiser to help The Water Project continue to drill fresh water wells, provide sanitation as well as hygiene training and construct other sustainable water projects.
The Water Project Fundraiser begins in February and will run the entire month.
STEM students are going out into the community, Village Glen Ellyn, churches, neighbors, friends and family to gather donations for this important and life improving project. All the money collected will be sent to Africa and online donations will also be accepted.
The website for The Water Project is http://thewaterproject.org/community/profile/gln-school. Call Glen Crest office for information 630-469-5220.