The 2015 Youth Water Summit was a huge success!! 230 students from eight northern Idaho high schools shared their research of and solutions to community water resource issues. Over 50 judges from diverse sectors were present to speak with the students about their work and offer constructive feedback.
All of this was possible because of our generous sponsors, especially Avista Foundation and Decagon Devices. Thank you!
The University of Idaho’s Waters Of the West (WoW) Confluence Project brings field-based watershed science to high school classrooms in Northern Idaho. Our mission is to increase secondary student scientific knowledge and critical thinking skills through field experiences in their local watersheds. After three field experiences, focusing on water quality, service learning and snow science, we challenge our students to develop their own research project focused on a local water resources issue of their choice and to propose a creative, science-based solution to it. In the spring, a confluence of students will occur at University of Idaho for a two-day Youth Water Summit, where they will share their watershed investigations and solutions. We partner with local organizations and government agencies to expose our students to a wide range of expertise and examples of local solutions to community water resource challenges.
To see what the students are up to, select a school from the “Confluence Schools” Menu at the top of the page. Check out photos, student reflections, analysis of field collected data.
Our community partners include The Lands Council, IDAH2O, Twin Lakes Improvement Association, Idaho Fish and Game, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe Lake Management Department, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, and many more!
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*The Confluence Project is primarily funded by a National Science Foundation GK12 Grant (DGE – 0841199). Additional funding has been received from a Science Education Grant from the Idaho State Department of Education and Idaho EPSCoR.