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Innovators Water Summit returns in February

Victorville, CA — How do we save our big blue world? One student at a time! That is the purpose and theme of the Innovators High Desert Water Summit that returns to the Victor Valley on February 25.

“From conservation to potential job options, this signature event offers many opportunities for our region’s bright young students to engage and learn more about the water industry,” said Mojave Agency Board President Jim Ventura. “Although the summit is ideal for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) oriented students, we encourage any of our middle school and high school youth to attend.”

This free event is the culmination of three components offered to students to immerse themselves in the world of water.
  • The Problem Solver’s Competition
  • An Annual Essay Contest
  • The live conference and lunch
For additional information about each component of the event, please see below. Classes or individuals who would like to attend should contact Arlynn Caasi at (760) 946-7025 or email acaasi@mojavewater.org.

Problem Solver's Competition
In a collaboration with the PBS Show Curiosity Quest, the MWA challenges teams of middle school and high school students to solve a real-world problem for a chance to win a scholarship of up to $3,000 for their school.

This year’s competing teams hail from Melva Davis Academy of Excellence, Oak Hills High School and Options for Youth in Victorville. They met with water industry experts in October to learn about how state and federal water quality regulations don’t apply to domestic well owners.

They were then sent off to develop a system, management solution or series of standards that domestic well owners can use to ensure they are drinking safe and economically affordable water.

The teams will present their solutions to a panel of judges on November 15. The winning team will be announced at the Water Summit on Feb. 25 and the competition will be featured on the PBS show Curiosity Quest.

Annual Essay Competition
Mojave Water Agency is seeking essays between 550 and 900 words for this year's contest that poses the question: “What water uses are ethical in the desert?”

The winning essay should convey the writer’s philosophy on how one of our most precious resources should and should not be used in our dry region.

The contest is open to High School students enrolled at schools (or home schooled residents) within the Mojave Water Agency boundaries.

The top three finalists will advance in the competition and be paired with a mentor to polish their entry for a verbal presentation in front of a panel on Jan. 25 at 5 p.m. The winner will present their essay at the Water Summit on Feb. 25.

Click here to download the complete rules and competition schedule.
Click here for a video about the essay question.

Innovators High Desert Water Summit
Showcasing months of planning, research, writing and mentoring, the Innovators High Desert Water Summit will gather the region’s brightest young minds for a day of water education.

Students will view a screening of the documentary “Brave Blue World,” participate in small group discussions, hear from water industry leaders, listen to this year’s winning essay, and find out which school won the Problem Solver’s contest.

This free event is open to all middle and high school students within the Mojave Water Agency boundaries. Lunch is provided. For more information, or to attend, contact Arlynn Caasi at (760) 946-7025 or acaasi@mojavewater.org.

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