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Thanks to a grant from the Grand Traverse Stewardship Initiative, the 2013 Festival will begin with a Water Science Fair at Benzie Central High School. During the afternoon, students will present their projects to other students. Once the school day is finished, local organizations will set up displays alongside the student projects and the Water Science Fair will then be open to the public. At 3:30pm, The Dread, a band made up of BCHS students, will take the stage. Kids’ activities will be ongoing from 4:30 until 6:30 and will include a do-it-yourself water harp, a hydrogen fuel cell car, a watercolor mural, a video station, a stream table, and a live amphibian display, which was probably the most popular part of last year’s festival, with kids and adults alike taking turns holding all kinds of Michigan frogs, snakes, and salamanders.
At 5:30pm, Tom Kramer will once again lead this year’s panel discussions (to be determined, due to schedule changes!) Stick around for a pizza dinner, available for purchase from the after-school SEEDS program.
Combining this year’s theme and push for youth engagement, our keynote speaker, who will take the stage at 7:00pm, is Hans VanSumeren, one of the most highly regarded underwater vehicle pilots in the nation and director of NMC’s Water Studies Institute, the first program in the United States to award an Associate’s degree in freshwater studies.