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Water Conservation: Make it a Game

A presentation about "Water Conservation or BUST!" a water conservation game designed from the basic concept of blackjack for youth education
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Shannon Carnevale

on 7 May 2014

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Transcript of Water Conservation: Make it a Game

a presentation by Shannon McGee and Anne Yasalonis
UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service
The Challenge:
Teach 50-110 fourth graders about water conservation in less than 20 minutes.
80 Smiling Faces
@PolkNR
@PolkFYN
Water Conservation
or bust!
The Game:
Conservation Card
Lessons:
70%
The amount of the earth's surface covered in water
<1%
The amount of the earth's water available for human use
97%
The amount of water on earth that is salt water
Budget:
If you have a budget of $0.75, can you buy a candy bar for $1.25?
Any Questions?
Shannon McGee
smcgee@ufl.edu
Natural Resources and Conservation

Anne Yasalonis
anneanne@ufl.edu
Florida-Friendly Landscaping

tm
Saving water when possible, not wasting water, and helping others save water
Water Conservation:
Results:
~3,436 students over 14 days
2011
2012
2013
Very Satisfied:
Satisfied:
Okay:
Dissatisfied:
Very Dissatisfied:
5.9%
50%
29.4%
2.9%
11.8%
36.2%
31.9%
21.3%
4.3%
2.1%
40.9%
27.3%
18.2%
0%
4.5%
Comments:
"I loved this station! After attending Agrifest for seven years in a row, the changes made this year were extremely effective"
"The activity was great, but it didn't take the whole time. There could have been some other visual or activity to extend the thinking."
*
* two teachers filled out the survey who did not attend, ranked the station "N/A" and accounted for 9.1% of the total
I had encouraged them to do that prior to Agrifest, but it really made them think and realize they should conserve.
Split students into
6
equal groups.
Each group has a
50
gallon water budget
Adult leader helps group work deck of cards
"Use cards" use water
"Conservation cards" save water
Variations exist to "end" game
~10,200 students over 3 Agri-Fests
How to Play:
You needed to use the bathroom, flush the toilet and use 3 gallons of water.
You turned the water off when you brushed your teeth! You saved 2 gallons of water.
Water Use
Card
Used Water Pile
Water Budget Pile
Don't bust the budget!
Introduced game
Full transcript