About the Awesome Aquifer

The Awesome Aquifer kit is a national science standards (NGSS) aligned model that can be used in STEM programs to help students visualize how groundwater is stored in aquifers, the connection between surface water and groundwater, wells and how they work, porosity, and permeability, as well as pollution and remediation of groundwater.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we can provide selected schools with class sets of our physical Awesome Aquifer kit as well as the option to receive access to the digital version (Awesome Aquifer 360). Awesome Aquifer 360 is an online interactive version of the physical Awesome Aquifer kit, including a tour of a college geology lab, videos to extend learning about hydrogeology and groundwater, and voiceover lessons. This program allows teachers to meet their students’ needs no matter their ability or the form of education, whether it be in-person or virtual. Learn more about Awesome Aquifer 360 here.

Awesome Aquifer Kit

Register your school

We encourage educators to sign up to request a sponsorship. If your school is selected to be sponsored, you will receive an email with additional information about access codes and shipping.

Each sponsored school will receive:

  • Five Awesome Aquifer kits (suggested use is two-four students per kit)
  • Teacher’s and students’ workbook containing six groundwater lesson plans
  • Two National Ground Water Association-created aquifer posters for the classroom — one poster is a labeled aquifer and the other is a map of North America and the major aquifers.

Schools can also choose the option of receiving an unlimited one school-year use subscription to the virtual Awesome Aquifer 360 for one teacher and their class (unique access codes will be given to each sponsored school)

Become a sponsor

Sponsor a school is a campaign aimed at providing educators with groundwater curriculum and instructional materials across the country. This yearly campaign is hosted by the Groundwater Foundation in association with the National Ground Water Association.

Awesome Aquifer KitThe goal of the campaign is to connect industry sponsors to educators and their schools across the United States. The Groundwater Foundation will handle the matchmaking, you just need to decide if you want to sponsor a school.

How much is it to sponsor a school?
The contribution is $500 per school. This means for every $500 donation you give that one box of five physical Awesome Aquifer Kits, an ulimited one school-year use subscription to Awesome Aquifer 360, and two National Ground Water Association-created aquifer posters will be sent to a teacher of your choosing or one from our list of interested educators.

Is my donation tax-deductible?
Yes! The Groundwater Foundation is a nonprofit organization. Your charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes is limited to the excess of the amount of money contributed over the value of the goods or services provided by the charity.

What is going to each school?

  • Five Awesome Aquifer kits (suggested use is two-four students per kit)
  • Two National Ground Water Association-created aquifer posters for the classroom — one poster is a labeled aquifer and the other is a map of North America and the major aquifers.
  • An optional unlimited one school-year use subscription to Awesome Aquifer 360 (unique access codes will be given to each sponsored school) is also available

​​​​​​How long is the sponsorship?

Sponsorship lasts one school-year. Teachers get to keep all the materials and can enjoy the one school-year membership to our online model, the Awesome Aquifer 360.

Can I choose a school or district?
Yes, of course! When you fill out the donation form, you can specify the exact school you want to receive this donation. Please be as specific as possible so that The Groundwater Foundation can easily contact the school.

What if I don’t have a school in mind?
That’s fine! The Groundwater Foundation has a long list of educators requesting to be sponsored. When you make your donation, just leave the “school” line blank. The Foundation will match you with a school and notify you before we ship the boxes to educators before the next school year.

How will my sponsorship be recognized?

In addition to helping educate students, you will also receive:

  • A sample press release
  • A social media post with your logo
  • Your logo on this page
  • Your logo in the quarterly and annual reports.
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