Our primary goal is to train students to understand and solve
real-world environmental problems.
Water on the Web (WOW) contains two sets of curricula. Basic
Science offers opportunities for high school and first year college students
to learn basic science through hands-on science activities, in the
lab and in the field, and by working with state-of-the-art technologies
accessible through this web site. Water
Science offers a two-semester
water resource management curriculum for second year technical students
or undergraduates in water resource management, water science, or
environmental resource management programs.
Basic Science is divided into two major sections – Student and Teacher.
Water Science is divided into 6 major units. Each unit is divided
into modules encompassing approximately a week’s worth of lectures
Lake and stream water quality Data, provided in real-time and archived
formats, is obtained through the project's Remote Underwater Sampling
Stations (RUSS units) and stream monitoring stations located in Minnesota,
as well as from cooperating projects nationwide. GIS maps and an
interactive GIS mapping tool help students understand the region
being investigated. Descriptions of the lakes and streams being studied,
land uses, watershed characteristics, and ancillary data supplement
the water quality data.
Data visualization tools (DV
Tools) embedded in the web site allow
students to watch data change through time, select the dates and
water quality parameters they want to observe, and view several parameters
simultaneously. The data visualization tools allow them to explore
relationships that might be lost to them when working with tables
of numbers in spread sheet formats. The data visualization tools
and data are both found under the Data portion of the site.
The Understanding section contains a variety of easy to use references
or primers to augment the curricula, covering water quality measurements,
monitoring equipment, watersheds, lakes, streams, Geographical Information
Systems (GIS), and Excel spreadsheet use.
The Resources section of the web site contains supplementary information
such as a glossary, units and conversions, and tutorials.
Teachers of introductory science classes are almost certain to find
a WOW lesson to illustrate a basic science concept that is part of
their existing curriculum. Water resource science instructors can
choose to use the two-semester course in its entirety or infuse portions
of the course into their existing curriculum. Please take a few minutes
and explore the website.
Here's how to cite Water On the Web.
Here's a list of WOW related awards.
Water on the Web was funded by the National Science
9752017 and DUE 0101697) from 1997 to 2005, Water on the Web linked University of Minnesota
institutions with private industry, community and tribal groups, as well as
high schools, community colleges, technical colleges,
and natural resource and regulatory agencies across the nation. A large, diverse team
of staff, high school and college curriculum writers, collaborators,
and a national advisory committee contribute to this award-wining web site.
WOW is now in a 'maintenance mode' - we are no longer actively developing new
materials, but we continue to seek opportunities to expand the site to new areas and we
welcome collaborators that wish to contribute data or materials to the site.