H2GO is an interactive and educational challenge designed for young people to develop a greater understanding about water, the hydrologic cycle, its impact on the surrounding ecosystem and the changes they can make in their own lives.
With the effects of global warming ever increasing, resulting in droughts and lengthy dry periods, society is becoming more conscious about their usage of water as supplies continue to dwindle whilst the demand grows. The young people of today will be the adults of tomorrow and will feel the greatest impact of the environmental decisions made by our current leaders. Youth should therefore be educated about water and its appropriate management and usage so that society will use what is our most valuable resource sustainably into the future.
Youth are invited to compete with others at publicly accessible water catchment areas to obtain the most points through quiz and scavenger hunt based activities. Activities may involve racing to checkpoints and completing challenges, whilst exploring the surrounding ecosystem. This results in individuals to develop a greater understanding about where water comes from, the hydrologic cycle, where it is treated and how it ends up in their taps.
The flexibility in the structure of the program means that has the potential to operate as an excursion opportunity for classes or be taken part in by families on weekends at any location which is deemed as a water catchment.
This fun, interactive and educational experience captivates the minds of young people and extends on their current knowledge on water whilst enjoying the outdoors.
Data is a foundation for the H2GO challenge. It provides us with the locations of water sources, information regarding community and region usage of water, statistics on water condition and pollution and the location of educational institutions near these areas.
Water usage data provided on a postcode, council and state level can be combined with students’ household usage to provide a better understanding of where and how our precious commodity of water is being used. With this greater knowledge, based on factual evidence, we can better education our youth of today and our leaders of tomorrow on sustainable water practices.
As H2GO is an educational program, identifying schools within areas of above average water usage can be achieved and compared to locations of publicly accessible water catchment areas to most effectively position the program for a particular a client.
Evidence of Work
Description of Use: Water quality is a topic student who partake in the H2GO program will develop a greater understanding about. The data presented in this dataset will be integrated into the education material provided as part of this program and allows students to be informed about the water which they are likely to receive out of the taps at their own house.
Torrens River Water Quality - Upstream and Downstream from Lake
Description of Use: Water quality is a key concept students who participate in the H2GO program should understand. Using this council data provides educational value which may be presented in an oral or written form and allows students living in the local area to see the direct impact of water management on their lives. The use of this data is intended to drive change in the way students interact and manage water in their everyday lives. This is expected to result in reduced water usage over the council district, causing a decrease in the usage of council resources and infrastructure. This will lead to reduced expenditure on the management and operation of the water network, allowing money to be invested in community benefit programs or the local economy.
School Zones for South Australian Government High Schools 2018
Description of Use: Schools are one of the primary target markets for the H2GO program. By determining the location of schools, a cross comparison between the locations of reservoirs and other water catchments can be completed to identify the most appropriate place for the program to operate for a particular client.
NSW Water Quality Salinity
Description of Use: This dataset contains content which would be provided with the question worksheet as part of the New South Wales edition of the H2GO challenge. Salinity can be directly tied to the CSIRO pH dataset and support the data presented in it.
Description of Use: This dataset is utilised as a quick reference tool for finding the location of reservoirs in Adelaide. This data is compared to the publicly accessible reservoirs documented in the following Department for Environment and Water article: https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/goodliving/posts/2019/06/reservoir-opening-up In addition, the volume of the water present in the reservoirs are discussed with students and may feature in the worksheet of the South Australian edition of H2GO.
Melbourne water use by postcode
Description of Use: Areas with above average water usage with considerations made for average house and land sizes will be considered as priority locations for the H2GO program to be operated within. It is believe the program could be used as a potential tool which can be utilised to educate individuals within these regions on sustainable water usage.
NSW Water Quality Data pH
Description of Use: This dataset contains content which would be provided with the question worksheet as part of the New South Wales edition of the H2GO challenge. Students in secondary school who take part in the program are likely to develop a greater understanding about pH by understanding and seeing its application in society.
NSW Water Quality Temperature
Description of Use: This dataset contains content which would be provided with the question worksheet as part of the New South Wales edition of the H2GO challenge.
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