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The Ground Water Institute Educating Memphis Residents with the WOW Mobile

This new portable educational space on wheels will make you say WOW! The Water on Wheels (WOW) Mobile is an educational trailer designed to teach people about the water cycle and the role of groundwater while complementing state mandated academic standards. The International Paper Foundation awarded the Ground Water Institute (GWI) at the University of Memphis funds to develop this innovative teaching tool.

Debuting in fall of 2013, GWI student and faculty researchers will travel to Memphis area schools and public events to introduce the combination of museum on wheels and mobile learning lab. The interior will include interactive exhibits as well as static displays. The instructional content, targeted to fourth - sixth grade students, focuses on the hydrologic cycle, the Memphis aquifer system, forms of water and watershed.

The WOW Mobile has potential to reach thousands of students each year. GWI plans to work with Memphis city and county science specialists to prioritize the school visits.  The WOW mobile will be a highlight at teacher in-service events prior to school starting and mid-year which will give teachers a first-hand opportunity to explore the new exhibit.

GWI serves as a research and advisory asset to Memphis, Shelby County and the Mid-South and was established in 1991. It engages in applied research excellence, education, and leadership toward sustaining community ground water resources.

For more information about the WOW Mobile and other Ground Water Institute work, visit http://www.memphis.edu/gwi or contact Michelle Dry at mdry@memphis.edu. For more information about the International Paper Foundation, visit www.IPGiving.com.

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