The Detroit River Water Festival Planning Committee has partnered with Arts & Scraps to offer a post-activity kit for classes that attend the Detroit River Water Festival. Students will create a “New Fish in the Detroit River” using industrial scrap and repurposed materials. The students will create a fish that is anatomically correct, yet, different from every other fish that currently lives in the Detroit River. The learning objectives will include lessons that focus on aquatic ecology and the importance of biodiversity.
Arts & Scraps is a 501 (c) 3 Detroit based nonprofit organization that recycles 26 metric tons of material to be repurposed to create supplemental education kits, serving 275,000 metro Detroit youth each year. Studies have shown that students retain more information for longer periods of time when they are able to engage their creativity in a hands-on way. This is precisely what Arts & Scraps strives to achieve in our efforts to recycle for learning and fun!
Wayne State University students will play a significant role as volunteers to help lead classses to their presentations along the riverfront. Their participation will serve as an informal field experience for pre-service teachers. Envirionmental Engineering students will share their knowledge as presenters for Drinking Water Taste Test, Freshwater Food Web and Daphnia, and a Model of the Soo Locks system to explain navigation in the Great Lakes.
Michigan Sea Grant is donating Great Lakes watershed posters to teachers who bring their classes to the 2012 Detroit River Water Festival. They will be included in a teacher goodie bag to extend water festival learning into the classroom. Michigan Sea Grant offers many excellent resources for teachers including Project FLOW curriculum, books, and posters to teach about the Great Lakes.
Many water festival outdoor presentation spots on the riverfront will take place on Detroit RiverFront Conservancy property. The RiverWalk, Rivard Plaza, benches and lawn areas will be utilized as learning stations.
The non-profit Detroit RiverFront Conservancy was formed in 2003 with the mission of bringing public access to Detroit's Riverfront and serving as a catalyst for economic development in the city. The ultimate vision is to develop five and a half miles of riverfront from the Ambassador Bridge to just east of the MacArthur (Belle Isle) Bridge. Visit their website to learn more: http://www.detroitriverfront.org/