From April 19th through the 23rd, 2021, the USGS California Water Science Center (CAWSC) participated in the first virtual Orange County Youth Environmental Summit (YES). The award-winning program, formerly known as the Children's Water Education Festival, offers 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders opportunities for learning and engagement.
USGS Participates in 2021 Orange County Youth Environmental Summit
Through interactive sessions, YES teaches youth that they can make a difference in protecting our resources today, tomorrow, and for future generations. This year’s online event attracted more than 7,000 students and their teachers. For this year’s program, presenters were asked to submit short video lessons addressing water-related and environmental issues that support next generation science standards. In the lesson submitted by CAWSC, students were introduced to streamgages and learned about different ways USGS hydrologists measure water height and speed in California's steams and why that's important.
The video posed questions for students to consider and review afterward. The video also introduced students to new terms and concepts. At the end of the video there were hands-on activities for students to try, either at home or in the classroom.
To learn more about YES, visit their website at: https://www.ocyouthsummit.com.