The H2O Distance Learning Pod is a collaborative effort by the Murfreesboro Water Resources Department’s Community Affairs (MWRDCA), Rutherford County Stormwater Project WET (Project WET), and the Stones River Watershed Association (SRWA) as a derivative learning tool for Waterfest 2020: an outdoor, all-inclusive learning event for students to explore and engage in everything WATER from water quality, stormwater, aquatic life, water pollution, water safety, and so much more.
Waterfest gains a collaborative funding from stormwater managers of various organizations and departments in Rutherford County. The event usually hosts around 60 classrooms from County, City, and local private schools, with over 40 booths on water education and awareness, but due to COVID-19 Waterfest 2020 was cancelled, leaving educators and students searching for an outlet. An online resolution was birthed at the great will of Project WET Coordinator, Bonnie Irvin, with help from local teachers and experts in the water industry as they developed a plan to create a virtual Waterfest experience! Although live demonstrations were postponed, this group of individuals compiled a multimedia experience for students to enjoy and learn about all things water from the comfort and safety of their homes. However, the virtual Waterfest needed an all-access landing page and MWRDCA was proud to share space on their site for a new H2O Distance Learning Pod!
Each lesson in the H2O Distance Learning Pod is a fun and enlightening learning tool that will both engage students and meet curriculum standards for teachers. There is so much to learn about water as it plays an important part in every corner of our lives from health and hyenine to recreation and nature. We hope that students, parents, and teachers find great pleasure in this new, contact-less method of engagement and learning with water!
Visit The H2O Distance Learning Pod at www.murfreesborotn.gov/DistanceLearningPod