25th May, 2012

African/Asian/Summit Co. Youngsters Study at Keystone Science School

Whether or not their families own Summit County Colorado homes in Breckenridge, Silverthorne, or Keystone CO real estate, youngsters from near and far were able to attend a special session in April held at the Keystone Science School.

During the three-day weekend,youth from as close as Summit County real estate joined young people from as far away as Burma and the Democrat Republic of the Congo to study water science.  Several experts who are working to solve Colorado’s water challenges engaged the students in dynamic discussion.

According to the Summit Daily Newspaper (04/22/2012), the Keystone Science School’s H2O Outdoors program was organized by Matt Bond.  Bond purposefully gathered students from various backgrounds and professionals with connections to water usage.

“Through peer collaboration and debate, they create water management policy recommendations, closing the program with their findings during a ‘town hall’– formatted dialogue,” explains Janice Kurbjun in the Summit Daily News.

Students asked important questions during the study.  One interesting scenario involved two girls representing snow making.  They had never skied before.  Young people from refugee camps received water from a large tank, others took water from rivers.  Some lived in cities along the Front Range where water comes from the tap.  Enlightenment also sprang from the mixture of participants and their backgrounds.

Concerns about water are very real.  As the number of communities using Colorado River water increases, the quality of the water is diminishing.   Water supplies on the west side of the Continental Divide are divvied out, causing strain.  Attendees also discussed the cost of water, the quality of water, and the timing of water supplies.

The diversity of backgrounds created a broad based understanding of where water comes from and what needs to be done to make it safe to drink.The students explored several questions in depth.  To understand water usage, they studied the interests of American Whitewater, Trout Unlimited, Colorado Farm Bureau, a snow maker company, and other organizations.  Representatives on hand included Colorado River District, Aurora Water, Denver Water, Blue River Watershed Group, and the Summit County Commissioner.

Students learned about the opportunity at Keystone Science School from various sources.  For example, the African Community Center took advantage of scholarship funds offered by Denver Water, Aurora Water, and the Colorado River District.  Students became enthusiastic about traveling into the mountains and interacting with other students from around Colorado and the world.

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