Students become teachers at Groundwater Festival

Students from Cedar Hollow School in Grand Island learned some important lessons about water and had some fun at the same time at the 29th annual Children’s Groundwater Festival on Tuesday at Central Community College.
"What we are doing is trying to teach kids how to better preserve and take care of our aquifer systems and overall groundwater usage," said Kathryn Langrehr, GISH environmental science teacher.
The GISH students, many of whom attended the Children’s Groundwater Festival as fourth-graders, constructed the stations and also were the instructors for Water Island.
Each station had a different game about such topics as aquifers, domestic water use, the difference between salt and fresh water, pollution, flooding and infiltration.
"We want to teach them the basic of these systems," Langrehr said.
It is the water we drink."
The GISH students taught the fourth-graders through kinesthetic learning, in which students carry out physical activities instead of listening to a lecture or watching a demonstration.
"The fourth-graders are able to move around and get their hands on the projects, like how to make a filter," Langrehr said.
"It is dealing with the whole growth mindset in reaching them."
By allowing the high school students to take the initiative, she said, they learned about leadership.

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