Saturday, February 13, 2021

Green-Schools, in partnership with Irish Water, is supporting Mayo students and their families during lockdown with a series of stay-at-home resources aimed at helping them learn more about one of our more fascinating and precious resources – water.

With students and their parents adapting to the challenges of home schooling, these online resources are designed to be fun, entertaining and easily accessible.

From water-themed videos to quizzes, experiments and much more, there is a host of activities for students of all ages to enjoy doing at home.

The programme includes 13 weeks of activities targeted to three different age categories: junior primary (infants to 2nd class), senior primary (3rd to 6th class) and secondary school.

All the experiments are designed to be simple enough to carry out at home using easily available materials.

Sé McDermott doing the Green-Schools Stay Home Plastic Jellyfish experiment

Other activities include a chance to view chapters from The Story of Water, a documentary that focuses on the critical value of this precious natural resource and explores the ongoing threats to its future – both globally and in Ireland.

Irish Water’s sponsorship of the Green-Schools’ water theme is in its 8th year and in that time over 2,000 schools have attended interactive water workshops and Walk for Water events, resulting in the conservation of hundreds of millions of litres of water.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions and school closures, the Green-Schools programme has successfully moved much of its interaction online for the current school year, with new content and innovative virtual events.

The Green-Schools Stay Home activities are available on the Green-Schools website at https://greenschoolsireland.org/green-schools-stay-home-water/.

They can also be found on the Green-Schools social media channels with the hashtag #GreenSchoolsStayHome.

The Story of Water documentary is available to view in its entirety or as individual chapters on the Irish Water website at www.water.ie/storyofwater

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