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Advanced Water Education Workshops

Decision Center for a Desert City, Arizona Project WET, Water Resources Research Center and Maricopa County Cooperative Extension from the University of Arizona host a workshop for water educators each summer.

2016 Advanced Water Education Workshop, July 19-20, 2016: Thinking Sustainably About Water

Water is more than just a natural resource, it’s a critical component to a sustainable society. Join us to enhance your knowledge about how changes in the world around us can have an impact on future water supply both here in the Phoenix area and around the country. Be the first in Arizona to try out the new tablet-based WaterSim America model that will be part of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street traveling exhibition called Water/Ways and the new Beyond the Mirage web experience.

  • Use the new WaterSim America model to observe how changes in water supply and demand can impact future water users both here in Arizona and across the country.
  • Use the updated WaterSim Phoenix model to understand the complexity surrounding water decision-making here at home.
  • Use the Beyond the Mirage web experience to engage students in learning about Arizona’s water and becoming active stakeholders in our future water supply.
  • Learn directly from Arizona stakeholders how water decisions impact them.

Explore these and other themes as you meet researchers from ASU and the University of Arizona, local municipal and state experts, and adapt materials to enhance your current water education programs.

Workshop Materials

  • 2016 Advanced Water Education Workshop Agenda | Flyer
  • 2016 Advanced Water Education Workshop Presentations…coming soon

2015 Advanced Water Education Workshop, July 7-8, 2015: Extreme Weather Events

Join us to enhance your knowledge of how city planners, scientists, engineers and water managers plan for and collect data about extreme events. Through this workshop you will:
  • Learn how city planners design systems to manage urban runoff
  • Use storm water data to determine the impact of various rain events in metro Phoenix
  • Understand the formation and development of both dry and wet storms in Southern Arizona
  • Analyze particulate data to determine whether dust storms are becoming more frequent in Arizona
  • Explore health issues associated with extreme weather events in Arizona

Explore these and other themes as you meet researchers from ASU and U of A, along with local municipal and state experts, and adapt materials to enhance your current water education programs.

Workshop Materials


2014 Advanced Water Education Workshop, July 15-16, 2014: Using Technology to Better Understand our World

Join us to enhance your knowledge about how scientists, engineers, and water managers use technology to gather and analyze data resulting in more efficient water use in the Valley of the Sun.

After completing this workshop you will:

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  • Use the new WaterSim modeling lesson to simulate real-world scenarios to manage the Phoenix-area water system with a goal toward sustainability.
  • Learn about new technologies used to analyze water demand in the Phoenix area.
  • Have a means to engage your students in dealing with uncertainty in models and predictions alike.
  • Be equipped to use simple technology in your classroom to collect and analyze data with your students.
  • Use on-line tools for teaching about water sustainability. Explore these and other themes as you meet researchers from ASU and U of A, local water and science experts, and adapt materials to enhance your current water education programs.

Workshop Materials

2013 Advanced Water Educator Workshop, July 10-11, 2013: Using Models to Simplify the Complex Interactions of Water in the Valley

AdvWaterEducator2013_296In conjunction with Arizona Project WET, the Water Sustainability Program, and UA’s Water Resources Research Center, DCDC hosted 35 teachers at the eighth annual workshop. The theme of this year’s workshop is, “Using Models to Simplify the Complex Interactions of Water in the Valley.”

Join us to enhance your knowledge about how scientists and engineers develop and use models to solve problems and ask questions about water in the city. After completing this workshop you will understand how:

  • models are used to explain phenomena, analyze systems, and solve problems
  • decision-makers deal with uncertainty in models
  • modeling is an iterative process
  • to use modeling in your classroom

Explore these and other themes as you meet researchers from ASU and U of A, local water and science experts, and adapt materials to enhance your current water education programs

Workshop Materials

2012 Advanced Water Educator Workshop, July 18-19, 2012: Wetlands and Ecosystem Management

In conjunction with Arizona Project WET, the Water Sustainability Program, and UA’s Water Resources Research Center, DCDC hosted 35 teachers at the seventh annual workshop. The workshop enhanced educator knowledge of riparian systems, created wetlands and ecosystem management. Specific areas addressed as they related to this topic included:

  • What are riparian system functions?
  • What is the value of sustaining natural riparian systems?
  • How are ecosystems managed?
  • How do created wetlands and riparian systems fit into the water resources picture?

Workshop Materials

2011 Advanced Water Educator Workshop, June 28-29, 2011: Public Perception of Water Issues

The sixth annual workshop focused on public perception of water issues covering five main topics:

  1. psychological underpinnings of (un)sustainable behaviors
  2. gauging public perception
  3. consumer responsibility
  4. cross-cultural perspectives on water quality and equity
  5. learning progressions for water education

Workshop Materials

Advanced Water Educator Workshop

  • 2011 Advanced Water Educator Workshop Agenda | Speaker Bios
  • Photos
  • 2011 Advanced Water Educator Workshop Presentations
  1. Psychological Underpinnings of (Un)Sustainable Behaviors
  2. Susan Ledlow, PhD
    DCDC Research Scientist
    School of Sustainability
    Arizona State University

  3. Gauging Public Perception
  4. Channah Rock, PhD
    Water Quality Specialist
    The University of Arizona, Cooperative Extension

  5. Consumer Responsibility: what does it mean and who’s in charge
  6. Sabrina Helm, PhD
    Co-director Consumers Environment Sustainability Initiative (CESI)
    The University of Arizona

  7. Interactive Session on Learning Progressions for Water
  8. Kristin Gunckel, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Teaching/Learning and Sociocultural Studies
    The University of Arizona

  9. Making Research Real Through Exhibitions: Links to the water exhibit and making the movie.
  10. Judy Newland
    Academic Professor
    School of Human Evolution and Social Change
    Arizona State University

  11. In All Fairness: Cross-cultural Perspectives on Water Quality and Equity
  12. Meredith Gartin, Graduate Student
    Amber Wutich, PhD, Assistant Professor
    School of Human Evolution and Social Change
    Arizona State University