Clean, accessible water is critical for healthy communities and thriving ecosystems. However, water waste, pollution, increasing population and climate change impact the availability of clean, accessible water in our region.
The bright side? We can all help combat these challenges by conserving water and protecting our watershed. We’re challenging 4th-12th graders to investigate and innovate ways our community can be more water wise.
Participate in the Water Wise Challenge by focusing your science and engineering fair project on water conservation in Southern California and win up to $200 in cash prizes!
Any public, private, or homeschool student that meets the following requirements are eligible to participate.
Yes. Students can enter with a group of up to 4 students or as individuals. All group members must live within the service area and meet the eligibility requirements above. Prize amount totals for each category are the same for individuals and groups. For example, a winning individual would earn the whole prize, while a winning group of 4 would split the prize 4 ways.
Winners will be announced at the Open House on March 20th. All participants will receive a certificate of participation and judges sheets with feedback on their project. Winners in each category will receive a certificate and a check for $200.
|Prize Categories: ||4th and 5th grade||6th through 8th grade||9th through 12th grade|
|Submit a Registration Request||Before March 2nd|
|Receive a email from us verifying your eligibility. Eligible participants will be invited to present their project in person at the Open House||By March 9th|
|Present your project at our Open House||March 20th |
|Optional- Winners are invited to our Board of Directors Meeting to receive formal honors||April 9th|
Your project should include all of the components of a successful scientific investigation or engineering project including a completed experiment or prototype and tri-fold board displaying your supporting information.
To learn more about the criteria projects will be evaluated on, see the Judge's Rubrics:
We define water conservation as saving and protecting water. There are tons of ways people are already doing this in our region and around the world, but the challenge is ever increasing and changing. The Water Wise Challenge is an opportunity to get creative and improve or evaluate existing ways to conserve water or come up with new ones!
A good place to start is to consider the following questions:
Yes! Check out these inspiring stories of students who came up with new ways to save big!