Water Talkers

Field trips

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Janet Bradley
Janet Bradley | Mar 13, 2015 | in Water Aware

When I was at primary school we went on annual field trips for educational fun - places like museums, and even a day trip to Boulogne - I still remember having to go in to a boulangerie and buy a French stick as my homework while I was on the day trip - that was 40 years ago! Things like that can really stick in our memory.

Why not have these sort of day trips to Water treatment works, sewage plants, hydro electric power stations, hydro lagoons, etc as part of school curriculum.

Water companies could make these days fun.... get kids to not just walk around these places, but each be given a small assignment on that day (even if it's just pushing a button), these little things stick. I think it's important for water companies to be proud of what they do, show it off, and become friends in the community, and it's best to start young.

When the children are back in class - they can write up reports of what they saw, have picture displays, and if creative, even design and build some water saving devices - even if it's just a water butt (see another post have made)

I visited Iceland a few years ago, and went to a geothermal power plant - it was amazing. They explained how the power was created from hot water. I thoroughly enjoyed the visit, and learnt loads. They were so proud of what they were achieving, and wanted to show it off. And, they were right to be proud.

edited on Mar 16, 2015 by Janet Bradley

Andrew O'Connor Mar 13, 2015

great post aster1x!i loved to go out on educational trips in school!i remember going to a crisp factor to see how it was all made etc so a visit to the water works could work so they realise it doesn't come from from the sky literally. good to get them interactive with part of the process, would be fun for them!fantastic in depth post, one of the best i have seen, well done aster1x!

Janet Bradley Mar 13, 2015

Hey thanks. I would have loved to go to a crisp factory as a kid!! But, teachers would be able to get a lot more positive educational teaching points out of a trip to a sewage plant!!

Andrew O'Connor Mar 13, 2015

i loved it, i can remember it clearly, tasting crisps with no flavour and showing the machines they go through and packaging etc something similar for water would be good! yeah teachers would prefer a sewage plant and doing activities and projects on it is a great idea afterwards

Janet Bradley Mar 13, 2015

That's interesting. Water companies add fluorine etc, so wonder if there was a way of doing taste tests on the visit (though would not encorage the tasting of untreated water). But I bet there is a water tasting section at a water plant, to make sure our water tastes good.

Andrew O'Connor Mar 13, 2015

yeah there are a lot of different angles of how they could make it interesting and interactive for school trips. for example Coke Cola have tours available in their factories so water can do the same. 

Janet Bradley Mar 13, 2015

I have been to the world of coca cola, tasted everything and couldn't stop burping for hours!!! Water would be much more healthy!!

Andrew O'Connor Mar 13, 2015

haha at least there would be no burping with water anyway!

Janet Bradley Mar 13, 2015

But the good thing about the coca cola trip was that they had amazing ways of getting their various drinks into cups, including shooting the liquid in streams across the room. I think that may have put extra air into the drinks, causing more burping, but it was worth it!! Water can be portrayed in equally exciting ways.

Andrew O'Connor Mar 14, 2015

interesting, yeah i think a trip to the nearest water works would be a good insight for the kids!

Louis Allen Mar 16, 2015

I bet that place was huge and an electriying experience lol, i once went to a pearl factory

Louis Allen Mar 16, 2015

i used to love the different sections of factories seeing the product at different stages getting processed

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Louis Allen Mar 13, 2015

That would be an idea and think kids would learn and like to see what proccesses occur at water companies, use like to day trips out whilst studying geography

Janet Bradley Mar 13, 2015

Yes exactly. My understanding of the whole process is hazy, so I know I would benefit from a visit! I did geography to a level at school, we talked about the water cycle, and weather, but not what we need to do to make water clean.

Louis Allen Mar 13, 2015

yes aster1x my knowledge and most peoples of the whole process is quite little, i remember irrigation lol

Janet Bradley Mar 13, 2015

I wonder if we should all go on a Water Talkers field trip!!

Louis Allen Mar 16, 2015

Would love to go on a water talkers trip and get together maybe go to a water company

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Andrew O'Connor Mar 13, 2015

i think we would all benefit from this trip, we might learn a thing or two!

Janet Bradley Mar 13, 2015

We would, and it would be fun.

Louis Allen Mar 16, 2015

most of us from this site should go on one would be great to meet all

Janet Bradley Mar 16, 2015

Totally agree.

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Janet Bradley Mar 16, 2015

Have found that water companies are on board with this concept - this is what Anglian Water say

Visit one of our purpose built education centres at a water recycling centre at no charge to the school. The education centres can be found at Chelmsford in Essex and Leighton Linslade in Bedfordshire. Corby Education Centre in Northamptonshire is temporarily closed.

Visits involve a tour, offering an opportunity to discover the sights, sounds and smells of a water recycling centre. Fun, interactive sessions in our well-equipped classroom provide an exciting range of experiences to bring the water topic to life. Sessions are led by a qualified teacher and designed to link to the school curriculum. However, we are happy to design a specific programme for your needs.

Janet Bradley Mar 16, 2015

Just added a leaflet to this post with details of what is offered to schools for Welsh Water - looks like a good day and very informative. I wish I had done it while I was at school.

Louis Allen Mar 16, 2015

thats great anglian water have purpose built centres that educate kids at no cost, thats a great start for children to learn about water and what better place to start, fantastic

Janet Bradley Mar 16, 2015

It is great isn't it.

George Richardson Mar 16, 2015

Field trips are hugely looked forward to by the Children,and those involving water even more so TROUBLE IS trips are getting harder and harder for the schools to afford,requiring more  finance from already quite often well stretched parents.                                                                                                                                                    Off to school now for 3 hours.

Janet Bradley Mar 16, 2015

That is a good point George, I am going to mull over that point.

George Richardson Mar 22, 2015

That is one advantage for parents who are entitled to school meajs and Claim them,there is no stigma or knowledge of who does,but adds to school funds allowing subsidies for those very children.

Janet Bradley Mar 24, 2015

I still like the thought that going to water sewage works as a field trip is a good idea to help train children. Its been commented that it would be great if we could all go to... we could learn a lot.

Have water companies thought about running a bus say 3 times a year from different cities and towns to take adults to these places... So for example, I live in Wales, so a bus would run 3 times a year from Aberystywth, and then on a different 3 days a year, from Merthyr, a different 3 days a year from Newtown, etc, etc. So that each area had an opportunity to visit the centres on a regular basis (not too often, but often enough)

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