A 'super hero' education

FANS: Teacher Julie Exton, Hayley Morton, Maisie Hicks, Captain Plop, Owen Mewett and Kirsty Maddern holding one of Hayley Morton s books.
FANS: Teacher Julie Exton, Hayley Morton, Maisie Hicks, Captain Plop, Owen Mewett and Kirsty Maddern holding one of Hayley Morton s books.
LITTLE HELPER: Bordertown Primary School student Sophie Barras helping SA Water author and library services coordinator Hayley Morton read her book.

LITTLE HELPER: Bordertown Primary School student Sophie Barras helping SA Water author and library services coordinator Hayley Morton read her book.

GAMES: Jai Carlise, Hayley Morton and Allie Goodall with one of their exercises to help learn water preservation.

GAMES: Jai Carlise, Hayley Morton and Allie Goodall with one of their exercises to help learn water preservation.

PARENTS, grandparents, brothers and sisters can expect to hear water saving message thanks to the help of a likely 'super hero'.

Children from Year 1-4 and Carol Murray Children's Centre met with SA Water author and library services coordinator Hayley Morton along with 'Captain Plop', the SA Water mascot.

Students met the water awareness duo last Tuesday and Wednesday to learn about water and how to preserve it as part of the SA Water 'Brainwave' school education program.

Ms Morton conducted book readings as part of the program throughout both days and led discussions on water, desalination and wastewater.

The program was broken-up into Water cycle and conservation for Year 1-2 students, Waste Water Treatment and Reuse for Year 3-4 students and a book reading session for kindergarten children.

Children were then presented with a free copy of Ms Morton's Captain Plop book by Captain Plop himself.

Reflecting of the learning nature of the children present, Ms Morton said they "always form interesting questions".

"It's more about the water cycle, what happens to snow if it falls on a mountain and what happens to it afterwards.

"The children are pretty clever because they have usually done the water cycle at school so they remembered parts of it."

Year 2 science teacher Julie Exton said she felt the children were very receptive.

"It's good for them to learn ways of conserving water and consolidate what we have done earlier in the year," Ms Exton said.

The Brainwave program provides valuable opportunities for students to learn about water and wastewater processes, and to engage with science in a unique and hands on way.

Ms Morton has authored three educational books as part of the Brainwave program and this year the first book in the series, Captain Plop's Water-Saving Mission, was also transformed into a free app for smart phones and tablets.-

The app is available through Apple App Store, Google Play and Microsoft Marketplace.-

More than 63,000 SA students have participated in SA Water's education programs during the past four years. -

Five of Ms Morton's water saving tips:

1) Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth because you can waste five litres of water;

2) Be aware of leaks around the house, let parents know to stop the leak;

3) Use a half flush when doing number ones and full when doing number

twos;

4) In the garden use trigger nozzles or water cans to save water; and

5) Use rainwater in the garden rather than water treated for use in the house.

MASCOT: Captain Plop informing children and parents how to be water Cautious.

MASCOT: Captain Plop informing children and parents how to be water Cautious.

HERO: Library manager Wendy Crane with Captain Plop.

HERO: Library manager Wendy Crane with Captain Plop.

HIGH FIVES: Captain Plop giving high fives all around.

HIGH FIVES: Captain Plop giving high fives all around.