Where Will Our Water Take Us?

Monday, July 2 2012

By Donna Emert

SANDPOINT, Idaho – Globally, the health of our water is fast becoming the 21st century’s pivotal scientific and social issue. That also holds true locally and regionally.

To explore the future of Idaho’s water, Upward Bound Math Science and the University of Idaho Sandpoint are offering area middle school and high school students a three-day, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math-based investigation into the future of Idaho's water.

The focus of the investigation ranges from the impacts of climate change to maintaining the quality and quantity of drinking water necessary to meet future demands.

The three-day program runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day from Tuesday, July 24 through Thursday, July 26. In addition, an evening dinner social is planned from 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25.

The program takes place at the University of Idaho Sandpoint Center, 1904 N. Boyer Ave. It is free of charge and limited to 15 participants. Those wishing to attend are urged to register as soon as possible on the activity link at www.uidaho.edu/ubms.

The curriculum is designed to train citizen scientists who can thoughtfully shape the future of Idaho's water. Participants also will learn about the unique huckleberry breeds at the University’s Boyer Ave. site.

“As an integral part of Idaho and the world, the City of Sandpoint faces many future challenges in regards to water that we can address or influence now,” said Kirsten LaPaglia, director of Upward Bound Math Science, a federal program administered through U-Idaho.

“This program gives participants the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities with scientists to propose solutions for the future, assess water quality now, and learn in-depth about the impact of water and its changes in our local environments and throughout the state,” LaPaglia said. “We will teach participants how to use best water stewardship practices to sustain human, environmental and economic health.”

The group will be joined by high school students from Coeur d’Alene and Lewiston who will share their expertise on water issues. The high school students have designed and will deliver several fun-packed activities to participating Sandpoint students.

The three-day course also delivers University of Idaho Master Water Steward training.

For more information or to register, visit www.uidaho.edu/ubms-Activities or contact Upward Bound Math and Science at ubms@uidaho.edu or at (208) 885-5819.
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