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Middle and High School Programs

Middle School Programs

Programs range from 45 – 90 minutes and can be tailored to support your curriculum needs or club objectives.

To book a program please email us at [email protected]  or call 770-419-6431.

What is a Watershed?
Explore the watershed concept and how topography influences the movement of water across the landscape. Through a hands-on Enviroscape activity, students will discuss water movement across land, identify local non-point pollution sources impacting waterways within the watershed and brainstorm some conservation measures that could be taken to protect the environment.
S6E3a; S6E6a; S6E6b

Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Lab
Macroinvertebrates are excellent biological indicators of water quality. In this program students will get an up-close exploration with real samples and learn to identify and categorize these aquatic insects by pollution tolerance levels. This in-class lab makes for a great introduction on macroinvertebrates before taking a water monitoring field trip to a local pond or stream. Ask about our Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Certification and how your group can contribute quarterly to the statewide database!
S7L1a; S7L1b; S7L4a; S7L4b; S7L4c

Water Chemistry Study
Learn to collect water samples, perform water quality experiments including dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature, and conductivity and how they relate to habitat and water quality. This hands-on chemistry activity incorporates the scientific method. Program can be conducted in a lab or at a local stream site. Ask about our Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Certification and how your group can contribute monthly to the statewide database!
S6E3a; S6E6a; S6E6b; S8P1a; S8P1b; S8P1c; S8P1d; S8P1e, S8P1f

Wetland Investigations: Streams and Ponds [Adopt-A-Stream]
Is your stream healthy? Meet us at a local wetland to explore the physical, chemical, and biological features of freshwater habitats. Wetlands such as streams and ponds are critical to the health of our local ecosystems. Students will step into the shoes of an Aquatic Biologist, and learn basic scientific skills to help evaluate the condition of their local pond or stream.
S6E3a; S6E6a; S6E6b; S7L1a; S7L1b; S7L4a; S7L4b; S7L4c

River to River
Where does our drinking water come from? What happens to our water after we use it? Explore how a drinking water and wastewater treatment facility function in Cobb County in this hands-on demonstration which includes a filtration experiment and a discussion on how we can be better stewards of our natural resources.
S6E3a; S6E6a; S6E6b; S8P1a; S8P1b; S8P1c; S8P1d

Snakes of Georgia and Their Adaptations
How have snakes adapted to survive in their environment? Which species do we have in Georgia? Which ones are venomous and how can you tell? Most importantly, how do they benefit our ecosystem? Students will learn the answers to these questions and much more. At the end of the program students will get to meet a live, native corn snake, Cobb Water’s reptile ambassador.
S7L1a; S7L1b; S7L4a; S7L4b; S7L4c

Filtration Station
Students will explore the water treatment process as they attempt to purify a sample of polluted river water. Students will employ the engineering design process as they experiment with different chemicals, materials, and techniques to purify their water sample. This activity also helps students better understand the resources that go into treating our water and the importance of water conservation.
S6E3a; S6E6a; S6E6b; S8P1a; S8P1b; S8P1c; S8P1d

Surface Water Bacteria Monitoring
Students will have the opportunity to practice laboratory procedures by monitoring their local waterway for E. coli and determining what levels exceed a healthy baseline. Program can be conducted in a lab or at a local/accessible stream site. Ask about our Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Certification and how your group can contribute monthly to the statewide database!
S6E3a; S6E6a; S6E6b; S7L3a; S7L4a; S7L4c

Model Water Tower Competition
The Model Water Tower Competition is a yearly competition hosted by Cobb County Water System and Marietta Water Authority. It is an interdisciplinary undertaking and requires students to design and build functioning towers with limiting specifications. The competition is designed to provide information to youth about water resource engineering, infrastructure, water treatment, and water conservation in hopes that some will become future water professionals. The contest is for middle schools, and it allows students to learn about the water profession through a fun-filled, hands-on science project. Last year’s grand prize winners won $300, $200, and $100. For information please email us at [email protected] or call 770-419-6431

High School Programs

High School Programs

Programs range from 45 – 90 minutes and can be tailored to support your curriculum needs and science club’s objectives.

To book a program please email us at [email protected]  or call 770-419-6243.

What is a Watershed?
Explore the watershed concept and how topography influences the movement of water across the landscape. Through a hands-on Enviroscape activity, students will discuss water movement across land, identify local non-point pollution sources impacting waterways within the watershed and brainstorm some conservation measures that could be taken to protect the environment.
SEC1a; SEC1b; SEC1c; SEC5a; SEC5d; SEV4a; SEV4b; SO2a; SO6a; SO6c; SO6d

Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Lab
Macroinvertebrates are excellent biological indicators of water quality. In this program students will get an up-close exploration with real samples and learn to identify and categorize these aquatic insects by pollution tolerance levels. This in-class lab makes for a great introduction on macroinvertebrates before taking a water monitoring field trip to a local pond or stream. Ask about our Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Certification and how your group can contribute quarterly to the statewide database!
SEC3b; SEC3c; SEC3d; SEC5a; SEC5c; SEC5d; SEN1a; SEN1b; SEN1c; SEN1d; SEN1e; SEN2b; SEN2c; SEV1e; SEV2d; SEV4a; SEV4b; SZ1a; SZ4a; SZ4b; SZ4c; SZ5a; SZ5b; SZ5c; SZ5d

Water Chemistry Study
Learn to collect water samples, perform water quality experiments including dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature, and conductivity and how they relate to habitat and water quality. This hands-on chemistry activity incorporates the scientific method. Program can be conducted in a lab or at a local stream site. Ask about our Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Certification and how your group can contribute monthly to the statewide database!
SC3b; SEC4a; SEC4c; SEC4d; SEV1e; SEV4a; SEV4b; SEC5a; SEC5d;

Surface Water Bacteria Monitoring
Students will have the opportunity to practice laboratory procedures by monitoring their local waterway for E. coli and determining what levels exceed a healthy baseline. Program can be conducted in a lab or at a local/accessible stream site. Ask about our Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Certification and how your group can contribute monthly to the statewide database!
SEC5a; SEC5d; SEV4a; SEV4b; SMI3a; SMI3b; SMI5a; SMI5b; SMI5c; SMI6b; SMI6c; SMI6d; SMI6e; SMI7f

River to River
Where does our drinking water come from? What happens to our water after we use it? Explore how a drinking water and wastewater treatment facility function in Cobb County in this hands-on demonstration which includes a filtration experiment and a discussion on how we can be better stewards of our natural resources.
SMI5a; SMI5 b; SMI5c; SMI6c; SMI6d; SEV4a; SEV4b

Snakes of Georgia and Their Adaptations
How have snakes adapted to survive in their environment? Which species do we have in Georgia? Which ones are venomous and how can you tell? Most importantly, how do they benefit our ecosystem? Students will learn the answers to these questions and much more. At the end of the program students will get to meet a live, native corn snake, Cobb Water’s reptile ambassador.
SEC1a; SEC1b; SEC1c; SEC2a; SEC2b; SEC2c; SZ2b; SZ4a; SZ4b; SZ5a; SZ5d

What Do You Know About Where You Live: An Environmental Overview
What is a community? Students develop a working definition of a community and identify essential elements/characteristics of the community they live in. What biotic and abiotic factors are found in your community? Explore your campus to see what other organisms share their community and how they all exist in a delicate balance.
SEC1a; SEC1b; SEC1c; SEC3a; SEC3b; SEC3c; SEC3d; SEC3e; SEV1a; SEV1b; SEV2d; SEV4a; SEV4b;

Water Systems 101
From raw water sources to treating wastewater, there are many systems in place to ensure healthy water, environment, and infrastructure. Water Systems 101 introduces students to an overview of Cobb County’s water system, the engineering behind how it functions and career opportunities available to those interested in the field. Led by a Cobb County Water Systems Compliance Supervisor when available.