WOW Requests for 2020
The Water on Wheels program is five years old, having debuted in the fall of 2014. More than 5,000 people a year have experienced the WOW. The lesson plans that accompany the WOW are also being updated, to reflect current Tennessee science academic standards.
What is Water on Wheels?
Water on Wheels (WOW) is a mobile learning experience focused on the science of water. Why water? Because water is essential for life.
The WOW is a teaching tool that allows schools to increase student knowledge about the water cycle and its impact on daily life. Instead of taking an off-site field trip, the WOW is a field trip that comes to your school at a fraction of the cost and time, in the form of a 24' trailer that is a mini-museum.
WOW is an education and outreach program about water from the Center for Applied Earth Science and Engineering Research (CAESER) at the University of Memphis, a research center that is a part of the Herff College of Engineering. The former Ground Water Institute merged with the Center for Partnerships in GIS
to become CAESER in 2015, and is committed to applied research excellence, education, and leadership
toward building stronger, smarter communities.
What is inside the Water on Wheels?
Inside the WOW, educational displays are colorful, interactive, and visually appealing. Because the source of tap water for the Mid South is groundwater, one important display in the WOW spotlights the Memphis aquifer system, a vast underground reservoir with some of the cleanest water on Earth.
The WOW is available for viewing at schools and public events around Memphis, Shelby County, and the Mid South. Its goal is to educate our community about the source of our tap water, the Memphis aquifer, and the importance of preserving and protecting the aquifer and its water.
Read about Water on Wheels in the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's "Tennessee Conservationist," the Groundwater Foundation's "The Aquifer," and the Memphis Commercial Appeal HERE.