Within the Pioneers Water Awareness unit, Pioneers students to research the source of drinking water in their community ("Where Does Our Water Come From?"), and how the community uses water ("Where Does Our Water Go?"). The students then learn individual and community-level water conservation practices and develop and conduct a Water Conservation Awareness Program in their school and/or community ("What Can I Do To Help?").
At Leadership Camp, Pioneers students learn about water demand, the need to conserve and manage water supplies, and how water use can affect our environment. It is here that the students begin to discuss the Water Conservation Awareness Program they will conduct during the fall semester.
Within the Water Conservation Awareness Program that the Pioneers students create and implement, additional students, parents, and community members learn about local water source, use, and conservation.
At the State Leadership Forum in January, the Pioneers engage in a workshop with leadership and staff of the Texas Water Development Board to develop a model youth water conservation awareness program that can be used by the TWDB and other stakeholders.
The Pioneers Water Awareness unit aims 1) for Pioneers students to know the source of their drinking water and have an increased understanding of personal water conservation habits; 2) for Pioneers students to extend that knowledge through the teaching of water conservation practices to other students and adults; and 3) for Pioneers students to impact the State of Texas through application of that knowledge and interaction with the Texas Water Development Board.
“The most impactful part of the water conservation portion for me was learning all the simple ways you can save water around home. Now I know many techniques as to how I can conserve water and make the most out of it.
“The most significant thing I learned is that we are one of the luckiest countries in the world to have all the water and supplies we have and we are still wasting it and polluting and destroying our very own water even when others countries have to fight for a sip of water or clean-water.”