NORFOLK – Students in Northeast Nebraska gathered in Norfolk this week to learn about the science of water.
About 500 5th grade students and teachers from Madison, Pierce, Antelope and Stanton Counties held a field trip to Northeast Community College for the 25th Annual H20 Daze presented by the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District.
During the two-day event Tuesday and Wednesday, students had the chance to learn about the importance of water to rural Nebraska and it’s environment with games, quizzes and demonstrations.
Julie Wragge, from the LENRD says the games teach students more than any school lesson could.
“The only way we have success is if we make it really fun and entertaining for the kids and also hands on where they actually get to learn with a hands on activity.” Wragge says.
Topics included Water Jeopardy, “Bubbleology”, the science of aquifers, planting trees and a water rocket launch.
Water management is large part of the state, and Wragge says it’s important to teach the younger generations about how to care for it.
“Water is so important to our state, especially with the Ogallala aquifer being a part of Nebraska. It’s a precious resource underneath our feet and a lot of the kids don’t know much about it.”
Some teachers and instructors remember attending the festival when they were in school.
“By seeing the adults that are very excited about our natural resources and that they were here when they were fifth graders, it helps the kids to connect with things they can do in the future.”
Many local companies and organizations sponsored the event including Nucor, Nebraska Public Power District and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the University of Nebraska Extension Office.