Orange County public school students are helping OUC – The Reliable One get the word out about the importance of saving water. Since 2006, OUC has sponsored the Water Color Project, an education outreach effort designed to encourage water conservation through art.
Each year OUC has hosted a special reception at the Orlando Repertory Theatre to honor the winners and participants. At the reception, representatives from OUC honor the middle and high school students who decorated rainwater barrels and the elementary students who submitted drawings for the Water Color Project calendar.
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This school year more than 11,000 fifth grade students in Central Florida will get the opportunity to make an aquifer, build a solar-powered car and test low flow showerheads and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) against traditional fixtures as part of an electric and water conservation and alternative sources educational program.
OUC has partnered with the Orlando Science Center to deliver an interactive curriculum to Orange and Osceola county public school classrooms within OUC’s service territory. The curriculum which meets Common Core Standards, has been taught in nearly 3,400 classes since 2009 – reaching more than 68,000 students.
The program includes two 90-minute classroom workshops for students as well as hands-on labs and pre- and post-classroom activities.