When 13 year old Aaron loses his key down a neighborhood storm drain he and two friends learn some surprising facts about stormwater. Inspired by what they learn, the trio sets out to discover the bigger picture about pollution in Puget Sound. The teens decide they must find a way to get the word out about the problem when they start to observe people around them contributing to stormwater pollution everyday without even knowing it. The result is an inspiring story about how everyone, no matter how young, can make a difference.


In the spring of 2010 Ijo Arts Media Group was contracted by Seattle Public Utilities to produce this film. As the media center piece for a middle school science curriculum supplement, the film's primary role is to inspire curiosity and inquiry in youth about our daily contribution to stormwater pollution. In conjunction with the curriculum the film helps empower youth to engage their communities about this important issue.

The film, from concept to completion, took 14 months to develop and produce. Inye Wokoma managed the entire creative and logistical process, from story development, script writing, film production and editing to dvd authoring, package design and publication.

The video comes with a presentation/discussion guide, a worksheet for the students to complete in class, and two optional community extensions which can be assigned either as homework or a


service learning activity. One is an adult/student reciprocal interview, and the other is an education/outreach activity.

The program is designed in cooperation with stormwater outreach professionals and local school district science resource staff to educate and inspire behavior changes to prevent pollution and to complement existing mainstream science curriculum. The package is appropriate for a standalone element or to add local connections to several common elementary and middle school science kits including Landforms, Land and Water, Ecosystems and Solutions and Pollution.

The curriculum package has been in use in schools around the greater Puget Sound region since the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year.

The project was made possible through a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology.

For more information contact:
Beth Miller
Seattle Public Utilities
Restore Our Waters







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