For immediate release: May 23, 2013
Contact: Nicole Rosenleaf Ritter, Communications Manager, Project WET Foundation | 406-585-4115 | email
Bozeman, Montana—The Project WET Foundation's flagship publication, the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0, has been awarded a Gold Medal in the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards contest. The "IPPY" awards—given to Project WET in the Education Workbook/Resource category—recognize the year's best independently published books in a broad range of subjects. The award ceremony will take place on May 29th in New York, on the eve of the BookExpo America convention.
"We are proud to be among the gold medalists recognized with a national IPPY this year," said Project WET Foundation President and CEO Dennis Nelson. "Educators have told us how valuable the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 is to them for incorporating water education into their classrooms. That feedback, along with awards like this one, tells us that Guide 2.0 is a uniquely important resource for educators."
The full-color, 616-page Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 contains 64 multidisciplinary water-related activities for students from Kindergarten through 12th grade. The guide features cross-reference and planning charts, a glossary and background material on activity development and field testing. The cornerstone of Project WET is its methodology of teaching about water resources through hands-on, investigative, easy-to-use activities.
Not available for direct purchase, the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 is distributed to formal and non-formal educators through workshops offered across the country by Project WET's network of local and state partners. Educators who have previously taken a Project WET workshop are eligible to take an online refresher course to receive Guide 2.0.
Launched in 1996 as the first unaffiliated awards program open exclusively to independent, university, and self-published titles, the Independent Publisher Book Awards award gold, silver and bronze medallions in 77 national, 22 regional and ten e-book categories. There were more than 5,000 entries in the 2013 contest, and the 382 total medalists chosen come from 44 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., as well as 5 Canadian provinces and 8 foreign countries. Full results are available on the Independent Publisher website.
The IPPY Awards are presented by IndependentPublisher.com, operated by publishing services firm Jenkins Group of Traverse City, Michigan.
About the Project WET Foundation: Since 1984, Project WET has been dedicated to reaching children, parents, teachers and community members of the world with water education to ensure a sustainable planet where water needs are met and all people are good stewards of water. Project WET is active in all 50 U.S. states and in 60 countries worldwide.