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What's in the Box - Catchments: Water for Living

By: Karen Player, Category: Lifelong Learning, Date: 07 Apr 2011

The Catchments: Water for Living box is an exciting new resource for high schools.

Museum in a box - Freshwater

James King © Australian Museum

After a year of planning and development the new Catchment: Water for Living box is finished and is heading out to NSW schools. The Catchment: Water for Living box was developed in partnership Sydney Water and is the second Museum in a Box® to be funded by Sydney Water. The first was the Freshwater box that was released in 2010. These innovative new boxes include specimens and scientific equipment to assist student in monitoring their local environment.

There is a strong environmental focus to all new Museum boxes and where possible monitoring equipment and teaching resources are now provided. When the boxes are returned we want to make sure we have left the students with the skills and knowledge to monitor, investigate and assess their local area.

The Catchment: Water for Living box is designed for high school students and focuses on science and geography. The box contains a 1.5m long catchment model, water quality monitoring equipment and new learning resources. The content provides information on the importance of water, catchment management and global water issues. Students can explore their local environment to understand how we impact it and the action we can take to improve our catchments.

It has been a great experience to work with staff from Sydney Water on this project. By sharing resources and expertise we have developed a great resource for schools to learn about catchments and surrounding environments.

Let me know what you think.