Water Jamboree creates educational opportunity for students to learn about water resources
REPUBLICAN CITY, Neb. —
Hundreds of students from Nebraska and Kansas gathered at the Harlan County Dam for a day of learning.
Fifth and sixth graders from around 13 schools came together at the 26th Annual Water Jamboree as an educational opportunity through interdisciplinary water activities.
For the first time in a couple years, the Water Jamboree planning committee brought back the hands-on fish activity which many students said they were excited about.
"You see the lake. You have to make it so it's clean so the fish can live," said Cambridge Public Schools fifth grade student Charlie Houser.
"Basically we're just trying to get them exposed to the fish here in Nebraska. Some of the species they know about because most of them have been fishing before so they know some of them. We are also exposing them to a couple things they might not know about and also tell them some facts about these fish that they may have not encountered before," said Nebraska Game and Parks employee Logan Shoup.
The Water Jamboree is becoming somewhat of a "rite of passage" according to planning committee member Holly Rahmann.
"We are teaching them all about different kinds, different factors of water. Water quality, water properties, different ways that we use water and all different ways that water might affect them in their life," said Rahmann.
And through the different factors of water, students were able to partake in water activities.
"We've been learning about fish, how to make rockets in physics, bubble-ology and we got to learn about the water cycle. We also did water jeopardy which was really fun," said Cambridge Public Schools fifth grade student Samantha Farmer.
"It's a resource that we depend on to live so we really just think this is a great age to really get that point across and to really help them build on that life lesson," said Rahmann.
For the future, the planning committee says they would love to have even more schools participate so they can educate as many students on water resources as they can.