Water-Oriented Science Fair Projects
Background – The
Water Assembly was the major participant in developing the Middle Rio Grande Regional
Water Plan, for Sandoval, Bernalillo and Valencia Counties. In 2004, the plan was accepted by all local
governments in the region, and by the New Mexico Interstate Stream
Purpose of the Awards
– The Water Assembly believes that science fair is one of the vehicles by
which the regional water plan’s educational recommendations can be implemented. The intent is to stimulate student interest
in New Mexico’s
Special Award Offer –
The Water Assembly offers four awards of $100 each at the Central New Mexico Science
and Engineering Research Challenge (Regional Science Fair). The Water Assembly’s Special Water Award
program usually provides two prizes in the junior division and the other two in
the senior division. In addition, the
Water Assembly seeks student permission to post the best water project reports
on this website, WaterAssembly.org. Click
here for a list of recent winners.
Evaluation Criteria –
We intend to award the prizes to the two projects in each division which
best address problems and issues associated with water supply and/or water use
in the desert. Particular evaluation attention
will be paid to the impact that the student activities and the project make in
the broader community, either in development of the project or as a planned
follow-on to the project.
– Applicable topics are widespread.
They could fit in any of the formal science fair categories. Example sub-areas include use of water
technologies, conservation methods, water chemical and/or biological qualities,
measurements of quantities and efficiencies, community involvements and
attitudes, effects on people, animals, plants, etc.
The Water Assembly developed a list of potential science
fair topics/issues (click here). The
list is based upon the set of recommendations in the Regional Water Plan. We carefully do not intend the list to be
limiting or complete. Rather, we believe
the list should be used as a stimulus for students to think and invent their
own approaches to water-oriented issues/topics.
We expect that students could address these and other issues via
physical experiment, and/or via neighborhood interviews/surveys, and/or via
Study Resources - Lots of information about water in the desert
is available. As a starter, this website (WaterAssembly.org) contains the
Regional Water Plan, analysis reports, and other water-related information for
Sandoval, Bernalillo and Valencia Counties. The website also provides links to many related
websites including the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer, the New Mexico
Environment Department, and the U.S. Geological Survey, which focus on water
quantity, water quality, and water measurement, respectively.