PORTLAND -- More than a thousand kids made a splash at the Rock Creek campus for Portland Community College Tuesday, learning about something often taken for granted: water.
Fifth- and sixth-graders from 17 schools across the Portland Metro area took part in the annual Children's Clean Water Festival which featured more than 40 water-themed activities.
Meteorologists used models to show kids what happens when we get too much water and rivers flood. Members of the Coast Guard taught the kids water safety. The youngsters even got a fun lesson in water physics using huge bubbles. The interactive event covered just about every aspect of water including why it's so important for the children to conserve it.
“We want them engaged and we want them learning, so hopefully they'll take it back to their parents and teach their parents something. And also, these are the future caretakers of our water supply,” said Tacy Steele, Regional Water Providers Consortium spokesperson.
The Regional Water Providers Consortium also passed out five minute hourglasses to demonstrate the length of showers they said everyone should take, in order to help conserve water.
“It's just this phenomenal thing but because we see it every day, we just take it for granted,” said Steele.
This marked the 19th year for the annual event.