The Confluence Project is a year-long, place-based, hands-on water science education model implemented in North Idaho high schools. We provide watershed curriculum (aligned with both Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards), funding and logistics support for field experiences, and a coordinated research conference for all participating students.
Throughout the school year, TCP teachers introduce water resource issues in the classroom using lessons that align with both Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards and guide their students in a comprehensive research project. Through hands-on field experiences, students collect and analyze local water resource data on a water quality field trip to a local stream or lake and a snow science field trip to a local ski hill. By spring, the goal is for students to answer a driving question related to a real-world water resource issue and propose a relevant solution. TCP culminates in the annual Youth Water Summit in Coeur d’Alene, where students present their research at a professional conference-style event to peers from other schools and watershed experts from the community.
Who is involved?
TCP is managed by a team of coordinators:
- Sharon Bosley- Kootenai Environmental Alliance
- Marie Pengilly- University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene
- Laura Laumatia- Coeur d’Alene Tribe Lake Management
- Jamie Brunner- Idaho Department of Environmental Quality Lake Management
- Jim Ekins- University of Idaho Extension
Last year, we had 6 high schools participate in The Confluence Project and the Youth Water Summit. This year, the program has been expanded to 8 schools: Charter Academy, Coeur d’Alene High School, Lakeside High School, Lake City High School, Moscow High School, Paradise Creek Regional High School, Post Falls High School, Timberlake High School and Wallace High School.
TCP Water Quality Assessment Link