New Student Video on Importance of Streams

Posted on: August 13th, 2018 by Leslie_Zucker

The Watershed Detectives Club at the Bennett Elementary School have produced a new video titled “The Importance of Streams” with assistance from the AWSMP. The 30-minute science education video is now online for all to see! Watershed Detectives Club is an after-school science club where students learn about streams and the Ashokan Reservoir watershed, part of the NYC Drinking Water Supply System. Students made the video after a year studying local streams, water quality, and water conservation.

This motivated group of fourth, fifth and sixth-grade students were involved in all aspects of the movie-making process. They worked as actors, directors, camera, light and sound technicians, cue card holders and even caterers.

Students produced the video over a three-month period with the assistance of their club advisor, Matt Savatgy, a youth educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County (CCEUC), and retired Onteora teacher and videographer David Laks. The video was made possible with education funding provided by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.

The video serves as a useful tool for elementary school teachers or anyone eager to learn more about their local water resources. Educational institutions can contact the AWSMP office for a free DVD copy at (845) 688-3047.