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El Paso Water has HEART

Posted By Karen E. Menard, Wednesday, May 2, 2018

 

Education Division – Consumer Outreach Committee Blog

 

All Things H2O                                      May 2018 Issue

 


 

 

El Paso Water has HEART

 

 

EPWater’s TecH2O wants to be educational hub for teachers

 

After amassing 10 years’ worth of educational resources in science, technology, engineering and math, it was only natural that El Paso Water’s TecH2O Learning Center would want to share the bounty. An idea was born, which led to the HEART (Helping Educators with Additional Resources and Training) educators’ fair – a one-stop shop where teachers could learn about the many resources available throughout El Paso, said Jessica Bane, Water Conservation Education Specialist.

 

The first annual HEART resource fair for educators – the first in the state – was held in December. Bane said the TecH2O event builds a bridge between educators, who are looking for resources, and exhibitors, who are hoping to promote their programs for educators.

 

The event also introduces a potentially new audience to the magic of the TecH2O Learning Center, which provides museum-quality interactive exhibits on water resources management in the Chihuahuan Desert and offers lessons in conservation. 

 

Idea evolves

 

Water Conservation Specialist Norma Guzman-Kennedy first saw the need for HEART after hearing frustrated educators complain about a lack of available educational resources for their students.

 

“I not only envisioned traditional, informal education partners, but unconventional, out-of-the-box partners,” Guzman-Kennedy said. “For example, we invited a reptile house representative from northeast El Paso to come out and speak at one of our Growing Up Wild teacher workshops, which is designed to help educators engage and teach students about ecology and wildlife. The teachers in attendance went crazy about the presentation.”

 

TecH2O staff members added a keynote speaker at HEART to inspire teachers on the significance of their work. Charlie Black, a Dale Carnegie leadership coach, delivered in style.

 

“As teachers, we forget why we are doing what we are doing,” said Bane, a former educator. “We get bogged down with the everyday struggle of daily lessons, tests and grading. Charlie provided that motivation to help teachers feel motivated and re-energized.” 

 

Looking ahead

 

With the first HEART under TecH2O’s belt, Bane said it served as a learning experience all around.

 

“We want all El Paso educators to know that we are a fantastic STEM resource, especially for conservation education,” Bane said. “Everybody knows about our mascot Willie the Waterdrop, but they don’t realize all we have to offer at TecH2O or in the classroom.”

 

Plans are underway to make the second annual HEART resource fair – in August 2018 – bigger and better than the first.

 

About the Author:

Martha C. Koester | Public Information Coordinator

El Paso Water

1154 Hawkins Blvd.| El Paso, TX 79925

mkoester@epwu.org

915-594-5653 Office

Tags:  educators fair  El Paso Water  HEART  water education 

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