The California Science Teachers Association (CSTA) announced earlier this month that they will be honoring California Project WET Coordinator Brian Brown and Project WET's partner in California, the Water Education Foundation, with a 2014 Distinguished Contributors Award. CSTA will present the awards during its annual meeting in December, which will take place at the NSTA Long Beach Area Conference on Science Education – in Collaboration with CSTA.
In selecting Brian and the Water Education Foundation, CSTA noted that under Brian's guidance, the Water Education Foundation "has provided an excellent resource for promoting science education in California," adding:
The [Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0] includes almost 600 pages of detailed lesson plans and background information. On the Water Education Foundation’s website, teachers can find correlations to state science standards and the California Education and the Environment Initiative curriculum, making the guide a useful tool for covering standards in the classroom. The Water Education Foundation shares the Project WET curriculum with teachers through local workshops. The workshops are designed to introduce this award-winning curriculum through a hands-on experience. The workshops demonstrate how to the use of the materials and make it as easy as possible for teachers to incorporate into their curriculum. The Water Education Foundation works with facilitators throughout the state to coordinate approximately 50-60 workshops per year with over 1,000 classroom teachers and informal educators. The Water Education Foundation works tirelessly to find funding sources to help local facilitators provide free or low cost workshops to educators.