Rural Arizona Water Education

A STEAM Water Education Project by Decision Center for a Desert City (DCDC) at ASU.

In conjunction with the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibition, touring 12 rural Arizona communities between 2018-2020, DCDC is offering training for teachers to integrate water education in science and humanities classrooms.

STEM Tool & Curriculum

We will train teachers to use WaterSim Arizona, an online water systems model which students can use to visually explore the complexity of local water sustainability through role play, decision making, and navigating trade-offs.

Engage Students & Your Community

We offer WaterStories, a platform for students to engage in discussions about local water sustainability by expressing personal stories about water in their culture and communities.

Teacher Stipends

Stipends are provided to participating teachers:

  • $500 Attend training on WaterSim Arizona and WaterStories
  • $500 WaterSim Arizona class implementation
  • $500 WaterStories class implementation
Support and Equipment

For teachers and communities who participate in this project, DCDC will provide:

  • Training to be held in your community. Our training team will come to you!
  • Arizona web-based systems model and curriculum. Free!
  • WaterStories guide, loaned video and audio recording equipment. Free!
  • Verizon Wi-Fi Hotspot loaned to teachers with no internet in the classroom. Free!
  • Logistics support for hosting WaterStories in site community activities. Up to $1,000!
  • Catering at training workshops. Free!

Emily Grunspan, DCDC Education Coordinator,