Information for Presenters
Each year more than 50 presenters and exhibitors participate in the Children’s Water Festival. The theme for the Festival and the call for presenters is usually announced in early-November. Deadline for presenter application is usually in late February.
Activity Specifics for Presenters
Each presenter will have their own indoor or outdoor classroom to accommodate their activity or presentation. The Festival consists of 10 sessions throughout the day. Depending on your schedule, you will present during 4-7 sessions. Each session is 20 minutes long and there is a 10-minute passing period between each session. Groups of 20-30 students and their teachers will rotate through each session. We will accommodate every presenter’s schedule so they may have a lunch break. If your presentation requires special accommodations, please note them on the signup sheet.
Activity Specifics for Exhibitors
If your activity does not fit the above structure, or is more of an information booth or display, there is another presentation option available. This includes the exhibit hall, all classes will have an opportunity to visit and explore activities in a non-structured environment. As an exhibitor, students will visit your display continuously throughout the day. For these types of activities, it is wise to bring additional people with you to allow for breaks. The Exhibit Hall is closed for one period for lunch. Additionally, we will have a teacher resource table set up in the Exhibit Hall where you can put materials for teachers.
Activities should be
- Hands-on or brains-on: Please involve all students with either a hands-on (physical) or brains-on (thinking) activity.
- Appropriate for fourth grade: Keep vocabulary and concepts simple. Try to make three or fewer key points.
- Fun and interesting: Use your imagination. Bring interesting equipment or gadgets. Wear a funny costume or hat. Create an activity that uses all the senses. Show your enthusiasm!
- Factual: Do not provide information that is questionable or exaggerated.
- Make the water connection: Although you may be leading an activity about another resource or topic (e.g. river, wildlife, agriculture), please be sure to make the connection to water.
- Occasionally a teacher will have a student teacher with them or with small classes; we may put two classes together in your classroom. If you plan to have materials for the teachers to take, please have a couple extra copies for these situations.