The first year of Water Explorer has seen some remarkable water-saving work from hundreds of teams across the world. Yesterday marked a day of celebration and competition as the winning teams from each country were entered into the international final to battle it out for the overall winning title.
Our International judging panel had a tough job as they scored the teams on their water savings, demonstration of Water Explorer values, community outreach and general level of achievement.
The highlight of the day was the 11- way video conference in which all of our National Finalists from each country were introduced to each other. It was such a privilege to be able to connect with all our international partners and celebrate our success together!
We are thrilled to announce Public Secondary School no 1 in Pionki, Poland as the International Winner for Water Explorer 2014/2015. Beating the National Finalists from other countries to the number one stop, their Watery Explorer journey was truly outstanding..
The judges were impressed by their innovative approach to local community water issues and the way they not only identified but also acted on the issues with great care, commitment and responsibility.
The International Finalist team have won a well-deserved trip to the Milan 2015 Expo at the end of October. This team will also be joined by Ceip Mata Linares from Spain for their outstanding work around waste oil and DARÜŞŞAFAKA ORTAOKULU from Turkey for fantastic demonstration of the Water Explorer values whilst working with disadvantaged schools.
Blakestown Community School in Ireland were also award winners for their wide community outreach. This team targed local businesses to reduce their water footprint. Last but not least- Istituto Comprehensivo Leonardo da Vinci in Pistoria, Italy were award winners for saving the most amount of water throughout their journey.
Congratulations to all the other National Finalists:
We look forward to seeing many more Water Explorer achievements as we embark on another year of tackling water issues.
Completing Challenges will help you climb the Water Explorer leaderboard. In addition, your project work can be used to support CREST and Eco-Schools Awards.
CREST Award (British Science Association)
Each year, over 32,000 CREST Awards are undertaken by 11-to-19-year-olds, giving them opportunities to explore real-world science, technology, engineering and maths projects in an exciting way.
Use Water Explorer Challenges as a basis for a CREST Bronze Award. To get the Award, you’ll need to spend at least 10 hours on your project. Find out more about CREST Bronze Award here.
Tackle Water Explorer Challenges and gather evidence to apply for an Eco-Schools Award. Challenges address several Eco-School topics including Water, Waste, Biodiversity and Global Citizenship. Take the plunge and go for your Green Flag Award! Find out more about Eco-Schools England here.
Contact the Water Explorer team through [email protected] with any questions on how Water Explorer can help you achieve sustainability success.
Global Action Plan UK (GAP UK) is an environmental behaviour change charity that has been helping people to adopt more sustainable lifestyles for over 20 years. GAP UK works with schools, communities and businesses to develop and deliver programmes that change behaviours.
GAP UK led the design of the global WaterExplorer programme and is coordinating its delivery across the 11 countries. You can find out more about us at www.globalactionplan.org.uk