StormFest Brings Students Outside to Learn Hands-on Science

From June 6 to June 8, students from different middle schools rotated through five hands-on lessons about stormwater and water quality taught by community volunteers, bilingual station educators, and environmental professionals.

On a warm day in early June, two sixth-grade students were at Des Moines Beach Park participating in a hands-on science lesson about stormwater and water quality.

“This is so fun! I am so into this,” exclaimed some of the students, with their science teacher beaming at them.

They were part of a group of over 1,100 kids attending StormFest, an annual field-based stormwater education event for all Highline Public Schools sixth-grade students.

At the outdoor event, students learn about their local watershed and what’s causing pollution in our local waters. They also learn about engineering solutions to prevent stormwater pollution.

Group of youth gather around a table outdoors.
StormFest participants gather around a table for a lesson. Credit: City of Burien

From June 6 to June 8, students from different middle schools rotated through five hands-on lessons about stormwater and water quality taught by community volunteers, bilingual station educators, and environmental professionals. 

“It’s really working for the kids,” Pacific Middle School science teacher A.J. LeCompte said. “StormFest brought what we couldn’t do in the classroom.” 

StormFest was intentionally designed as an equitable education opportunity for all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, or English language learning status. This year, StormFest had both English and Spanish lessons available for students, taught by bilingual educators.

Group of people outdoors holding square signs with colorful letters and numbers indicating activity stations.
StormFest station educators pose with station signage. Credit: City of Burien

“Hearing [the students have fun] made the whole thing worth it,” one StormFest station educator shared.

The event is organized by the StormFest Committee. The StormFest Committee includes representatives from Burien, SeaTac, Des Moines, King County, Normandy Park, the Environmental Science Center, EnviroIssues, and Highline Public Schools. This year, the event was sponsored in part by Sound Transit.

Check the video below to see what StormFest is all about!

For more information about the event and the curriculum, visit burienwa.gov/stormfest.  

Paige Scheid
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