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Water on the Web was funded by the National Science Foundation from 1997 to 2005.
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.
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Visualize a watershed using this GIS laboratory developed for the first WOW workshop.
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Water on the Web (WOW) contains two sets of curricula, Basic Science and Water Science.

Basic Science

Basic Science offers opportunities for first year college and high school students to use the aquatic environment and real lake data to explore core science concepts and to work with state-of-the-art technologies accessible through this web site. Basic Science is divided into two major sections – Students and Teachers.


"Studying" lessons allow you to apply and learn concepts through direct, guided experiences.

"Investigating" lessons provide opportunities to discover the same concepts, but involve more problem-solving.


Each “Teaching” lesson plan provides general direction for guiding students to understand the topics.

Each lesson is organized into a framework of six sequential parts that are critical for improving scientific and technological literacy: knowledge base, experimental design, data collection, data management and analysis, interpretation of results, and reporting results. As you practice this framework of scientific thinking you will be modeling the practices of scientists.

Water Science

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. Water Science is divided into 6 major units. Each unit is divided into modules encompassing approximately a week’s worth of lectures and labs.



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date last updated: Tuesday June 12 2007