Sanpellegrino Group organizes water education activities for parents and children using internationally renowned Project WET educational materials
Fun, informative workshops help families understand the water cycle, the role of water on Earth and the importance of proper hydration for wellness
Milan, 30 July 2015 – Teaching children how to manage water responsibly is the fundamental inspiration for the international water education organization Project WET (Water Education for Teachers). Sponsored in Italy by the Sanpellegrino Group, which is also the Official Water Partner of EXPO Milano 2015, Project WET is now coming to the Italian Pavilion in honor of Water Resources Month at the EXPO.
From August 3rd through 10th, the Sanpellegrino Group will be organizing water education workshops at EXPO Milano 2015, the premiere world platform for sustainability issues. Designed for children aged 6 through 12 and their parents, the interactive workshops will help participants understand the water cycle, the role water plays in our lives and the importance of proper hydration for a healthy mind and body. Each workshop will last approximately 30 minutes and will be repeated six times a day at the Vivaio Scuola, a spot on the third floor of the Italian Pavilion dedicated to schoolchildren.
In one area, a video tutorial will explain the ratio of land and water on the surface of the planet and the importance of this resource for life while describing the water cycle in a simple, enjoyable way. Then, in a life-sized “game of the goose” designed by Project WET and played with giant dice, children can become water molecules and travel through water’s continuous journey on earth: from a river to the ocean, from a cloud to the soil, from a glacier to an animal. At each stage, children will collect a colorful bead to make a bracelet reminding them of their “incredible journey” as a water drop and all the places that this valuable resource passes through.
In addition to understanding the water cycle, children will also learn to pay attention to their hydration. Every day children take in water through drinking and eating but lose it through sweating, breathing and expelling waste. As they play and learn throughout the day, children sometimes neglect their thirst. Through interactive games and exhibits, parents and children can find out the percentage of water in the human body and ensure that a “water balance” is maintained: To stay healthy, the amount of water introduced into our bodies should be roughly equal to the amount lost.
A billboard demonstrating that water is a renewable resource to be protected and that we can all strive for this purpose will make up the final segment of the WET exhibit. In this section, children will be invited to choose the best practices to save water in a variety of real-life situations.
The August educational activities follow “Proper Hydration” workshops that the Sanpellegrino Group organized at the EXPO in June. About 700 children from around Italy learned why water is important for health and how to recognize the symptoms of poor hydration. Later this fall at the EXPO, Sanpellegrino will offer "R-GENERATION”, an additional series of workshops about the importance of saving natural resources by separating trash and recycling. Those workshops will take place from October 1st through 8th.
About the Sanpellegrino Group: Part of Nestlé Waters (Nestlé’s mineral waters division), Sanpellegrino is Italy’s largest beverage company. Its products—which include mineral waters, soft drinks, iced teas and other beverages—promote wellness, health and balance and are sold in 145 countries through operations and distributors in five continents. As a leading mineral waters company, Sanpellegrino has always been committed to protecting water and raising awareness about the importance of water as a fundamental resource for our planet, working passionately and responsibly to ensure its quality now and in the future.
About the Project WET Foundation: Since 1984, the Project WET Foundation has been dedicated to reaching children, parents, teachers and community members with action-oriented water education to enable every child to understand and value water, ensuring a sustainable future. Project WET ("WET" stands for "Water Education for Teachers") is active in all 50 U.S. states and more than 65 countries worldwide.