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Engaging Next Generation WS - Amy Timmerman

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Engaging Next Generation WS - Amy Timmerman

  1. 1. Youth Water Education Needs Assessment Amy Timmerman – University of Nebraska Extension Educator
  2. 2. Goals • Determine curriculum being used for youth water education • Identify curriculum that make youth knowledgeable, passionate and active in water related issues • Identify placed-based education • Find gaps in program/curriculum either by age, stewardship or engagement
  3. 3. Where to start • Assessment of Universities • Goal 15 respondents from all 12 states • Assessment of Outside Partners • Goal 3 respondents from all 12 states
  4. 4. University Assessment 230 completed – 9 States 3.91% 1.30% 7.39% 19.57% 5.65% 9.57%16.96% 13.48% 22.17% Percent of Participation by University Illinois Michigan State Missouri Nebraska NDSU Ohio State Purdue Extension SDSU Wisconsin 9 3 17 45 13 22 39 31 51 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 Illinois Michigan State Missouri Nebraska NDSU Ohio State Purdue Extension SDSU Wisconsin Number Participated by University
  5. 5. University Assessment 9 30 95 61 45 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Early Childhood (0- PreK) Early Elementary (K-2) Upper Elementary (3- 5) Middle School (6-8) High School (9-12) Number of Respondents By Age
  6. 6. University Assessment Importance of Education Standards Linear Scale (1 not important – 10 very important) •6.9 State Standards • 50 Yes, 23 No Next Generation • 20 Yes, 39 No Common Core • 19 Yes, 35 No
  7. 7. University Assessment • Attitude = not my expertise, priority, paid • School = no space for hands-on, no money for buses, too many kids • Time = in general • Money = no specification in how • Personnel = need additional help – volunteers, community involvement, dedicated staff • Supplies/programs = more hands-on programs, updated printed material
  8. 8. Outside Partners Assessment 46 completed – 7 States 2 4 2 3 30 3 2 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 Number Participated • Soil & Water Conservation District • Natural Resource District • Dept. of Environmental Quality • Local Watershed Coalition • Cranbrook Institute of Science • Edgerton Explorit Center • Private Nature Center • Museum • Sea Grant • County Parks • Project Learning Tree • Envirothon
  9. 9. Outside Partners Assessment 14 26 39 32 22 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 Early Childhood (0-PreK) Early Elementary (K-2) Upper Elementary (3-5) Middle School (6-8) High School (9-12) Number of Respondent by Ages
  10. 10. Outside Partners Assessment Importance of Education Standards Linear Scale (1 not important – 10 very important) •7.4 State Standards • 28 Yes, 5 No Next Generation • 13 Yes, 15 No Common Core • 14 Yes, 15 No
  11. 11. TEAM*Dan Downing – University of Missouri *Justin Hougham – University of Wisconsin *Monica Day – Michigan State *Kristi Lekies – The Ohio State University *Zuzana Bohrerova – The Ohio State University *Christine Wood – South Dakota State University *Andrea Lorek Strauss – University of Minnesota Brandon Schroeder – Michigan State Katherin Jaeger – South Dakota State Katrina Sally Widhom – University of Illinois Bradley Cogdill – North Dakota State Rebecca Power – NC Water Network Amber Mase – NC Water Network Anne Nardi – NC Water Network
  12. 12. Amy Timmerman atimmerman2@unl.edu 402-336-2760 Twitter:@AmyTimmerman2

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