iUTAH’s external engagement programs advanced the goals of the project by promoting a diverse, well-prepared STEM workforce and a scientifically literate public regarding water issues in Utah. Through team participation and the development of partnerships, we supported citizen science, museum partnerships, public radio series, school programs, teacher trainings, and other outreach activities to engage Utah residents in the science and sustainability of water resources.
Partnerships were a key component of external engagement. Our partners enhanced the work of our own outreach staff, allowing us to promote water science and sustainability activities through their established educational networks across the state. Participants of all ages, across Utah were involved in programs that focused on getting people out of their homes and into museums and other environments that fostered learning for students from kindergarden through university, and beyond.
One example of an external engagement program is the Education, Outreach and Diversity (EOD) Innovation Awards that provided funding to broaden engagement with a wide and diverse range of stakeholders across Utah. The program provides small grants that allow schools and nonprofits to increase their outreach capacity on water issues. Here’s a sampling of what has been accomplished over the five years engaging Utah’s citizenry in water-wise activities:
Citizen science program partners:
Museum program partners:
Educated the public through interactive and traveling exhibits with the state’s premier museums:
Media program partners:
Educational programming through public media, including radio, television, websites, and podcasts:
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Educational programs for K-12 students:
External Engagement News
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December 9, 2016