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Title: Our Rivers, Our World


Students will study the impact of human behavior on river health in several countries.


This project promotes active and responsible citizenship through international environmental science collaboration between science teachers and their students. Groups will participate in river excursions with "hands-on" water analysis, professional mentoring and networking, videoconferences, and workshop presentations. All iEARN participants are invited to participate in the project's online forum. Students are encouraged to sample the water from local rivers in their community and share their findings with the wider iEARN community.




Student Age Levels

12-14 (Middle), 15-18 (Secondary)


September 2013 - May 2014

Possible classroom activities

This project has potential for interdisciplinary studies and extension activities. The art, religion, and government and their relation to the water sources of the participating countries can be explored in social science classes. Students can research the uses and cultural significance of the rivers in their own area and in the other participating countries. They can begin to understand the environmental impact of current practices and government regulation (or its absence) on the rivers. Participants can use the forum to interview teachers and students. This information can be presented to classmates via oral presentation and PowerPoint. The actual water analysis can be used as a lab in Science classes. Students can be encouraged to participate in community clean ups and education programs related to the rivers. They may even be inspired to create such programs themselves.

Expected outcomes

Participants will gain a greater understanding of how human actions impact water sources and the importance of water in a variety of cultures. Student will begin to understand that changing our actions can improve the health of our rivers.

Group contributions to others and/or the planet:

Students may be inspired to participate in or create programs that promote the health of the rivers in their communities.

Curriculum area

Science; Global Studies

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