StormFest

StormFest 2022

The StormFest Committee is excited to bring the StormFest event to Highline School District 6th graders this Spring! StormFest is an interactive stormwater science festival for students at five Highline middle schools. The festival will occur over two days at each middle school. Students will learn about stormwater though two lessons, with one lesson taught each day. These lessons meet Washington State Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) 6th grade standards. 

For more information, email [email protected].

2022 Event Dates

  • Glacier Middle School: April 25, 2022 and April 26, 2022
  • Chinook Middle School: April 27, 2022 and April 28, 2022
  • Cascade Middle School: May 23, 2022 and May 26, 2022
  • Sylvester Middle School: May 24, 2022 and May 25, 2022
  • Pacific Middle School: June 6, 2022 and June 7, 2022

Lesson Plans for StormFest 2022

Stormwater Pollution - Macroinvertebrate Tolerance Levels: Students will investigate aquatic macroinvertebrates and their pollution tolerance levels to assess stream health. After analyzing results, students will discuss best practices to keep harmful pollutants out of our watershed.

Watershed Model: Students will use the EnviroScape model to understand how pollutants cause water quality problems downstream of the pollution source and how this can affect wildlife and their communities.

StormFest volunteers instructing children.

What is StormFest?

StormFest is a field-based stormwater education event for Highline Public School District 6th grade students. At the outdoor event, students learn about their local watershed, sources of pollution, and engineering solutions to prevent stormwater pollution. Developed to serve a highly diverse school district, StormFest was intentionally designed as an equitable education opportunity for all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, or English language learning status.

StormFest logo

Child kneeling next to shallow water and cupping hands. 

Children sitting around table with miniature landscape with adult standing at end of table calling on children to answer questions.

StormFest 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the June 2020 StormFest was cancelled to protect the health and safety of students, teachers, and committee partners. To bring stormwater education to online learning in the 2020-2021 school year, the StormFest Committee developed a virtual StormFest event.

The virtual StormFest event is a project-based learning opportunity developed through a partnership between the StormFest Committee and Earth Gen. The pilot project was designed in response to the challenge of remote learning and as a replacement for the annual StormFest event. In this project, students worked in teams to develop solutions to a real stormwater-themed challenge and presented their solutions to local elementary schools. The challenge aims to increase knowledge of stormwater pollution and watershed science, as well as promote behaviors that reduce stormwater pollution.

The lessons developed for the virtual StormFest event will be used in the 2021-2022 school year to prepare students for the in-person StormFest event.

Evaluation

StormFest aims to increase knowledge of stormwater pollution and watershed science, as well as promote behaviors that reduce stormwater pollution. Changes in stormwater knowledge and behaviors are assessed with pre- and post-event surveys administered in the classroom or online. The survey is designed to be accessible to ELL students and is translated into several languages.

Multilingual/cultural accessibility of the event is evaluated through interviews with teachers and ELL students. Curriculum refinements to improve engagement and learning outcomes were made based on evaluations from two years of StormFest events.

StormFest Teacher Resources

All StormFest station activities have been aligned to Washington State Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

StormFest Committee Partners

City of Burien, City of Des Moines, City of SeaTac, City of Normandy Park, King County, EnviroIssues, Environmental Science Center, and Highline Public Schools. The Stormwater Challenge is funded by an interlocal agreement between city and county partners.

Project Contact

Paige Morris, City of Burien

[email protected]

Updated May 12, 2022