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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the International Paper Foundation, visit www.IPGiving.com.