We offer a variety of educational programs. Presentation length and content can be tailored to best meet the needs of the group. Specific concepts can be emphasized based on learning objectives and programs that support the Next Generation Science Standards. Our education programs are designed for students fifth grade and older. If you have younger students, we encourage you to see the program options at the Hands On Children’s Museum.
- Wastewater Treatment: A Look at Systems
LOTT’s Budd Inlet Treatment Plant has cleaned our urban wastewater since the early 1950s and now offers the highest level of treatment on Puget Sound. Learn how we do it, including how we produce and use reclaimed water. Students will explore natural and human-made systems, including the urban water cycle. An introduction to ecosystems provides the framework for discussing the role of decomposers in wastewater treatment. A tour of the wastewater treatment plant and a microscope lab follow the presentation.
- Drops & Watts: The Water-Energy Connection
There are many links between energy use and water use that aren’t so obvious. Students will discover these connections by learning how sources of energy require large amounts of water and how energy is used to move and clean our water. So when you conserve one, you conserve the other. Students will explore water footprints, sources of electricity, fossil fuels, climate change, population growth, green building, and green jobs of the future. A tour of our LEED Platinum rated building follows the presentation.
- Marine Life of Puget Sound
Take a virtual field trip to learn about the fascinating marine creatures living in Puget Sound. Beautiful photos and videos showcase the wide variety of life found under the water’s surface. Students will learn surprising facts about the physical and behavioral adaptations that allow animals to protect themselves and find food. This presentation highlights the importance of wastewater treatment and reducing stormwater pollution to protect water quality and marine life. Students will learn how to reduce stormwater pollution by changing behaviors and educating others.
Tours of the Budd Inlet Treatment Plant, LEED Platinum rated green building, and other LOTT facilities are suspended until further notice to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
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Programs held at the WET Science Center are also suspended until further notice. Virtual programs are available for fifth through eighth grade public, private, and homeschool student groups in Thurston County.
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