Raising Your Water IQ

Raising water1Raising Your Water IQ is an inquiry-based, hands-on and minds-on approach to teaching middle school students about Texas water resources. Have fun and build your understanding with this interactive workshop taught by water science professionals.

The Raising Your Water IQ curriculum is designed to be flexible, scaffolded, and interdisciplinary. Hands-on activities align with the TEKS and include brief, straightforward background information for students that articulate the big ideas, as well as assessments to help teachers gauge understanding.
Raising water2Inquiry based activities explore the basic concepts of the water cycle, surface water and groundwater interactions, point and nonpoint source pollution, and watershed dynamics. Learn about how water is managed in Texas, what projects are in the State Water Plan, and how you can bring the message of water science and conservation to your students.

All attendees receive a digital copy of the complete Raising Your Water IQ teacher guide. Handouts, data sheets, and water-related maps of Texas will also be provided.


Mindy Conyers

Water Conservation Specialist, Texas Water Development Board

Mindy Conyers works in Austin in the Office of Water Science and Conservation at the Texas Water Development Board. As a native Texan, she enjoys educating others about the wonders of the earth system and all things water. Mindy earned a doctorate in Environmental Geography from Texas State University with research focused on geomorphic processes at the watershed scale. Mindy also has a Master of Applied Geography degree in Resource and Environmental Studies and a B.S. in Physical Geography. She is a Certified Agricultural Irrigation Specialist and serves as the Rainwater Harvesting Coordinator at TWDB.

Shae Luther

Water Conservation Specialist, Texas Water Development Board

Shae Luther is a water conservation specialist in the Office of Water Science and Conservation at the Texas Water Development Board where she assists water providers across the state. Previous experiences allowed her to educate residents on water conservation and teach water resources to undergraduate students. Shae has a M.A. and B.A. in history, but her love of water brought her to geography, where she is now working on completing a doctorate in Environmental Geography at Texas State University.