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Orlando Science Students Build Aquifer with Project AWESOME

Orlando Sentinel

Students learning about aquifers

Before the holiday break, Orlando Science students built their own aquifers as part of an OUC education curriculum for fifth-graders called "Project AWESOME." The charter school students learned about the water cycle and natural resources through the 90-minute workshops, which were developed by OUC and the Orlando Science Center.

The traveling workshops, which are brought to students at schools throughout Central Florida, are aimed at fifth grade because that is the year students take their first science FCAT test.

The Alternative Water and Energy Supply; Observation, Methods and Education (A.W.E.S.O.M.E.) Project educates local students about water supply and sustainability and alternative energy through hands-on experiments and demonstrations showing how water is purified.

Orlando Science emphasizes the STEM areas of science, technology, engineering and math, particularly science.