Water Matters “Museum in a Box” Launched in Chennai

Chennai, Nov 30:  The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai in cooperation with Care Earth Trust launched the bi-lingual digital Water Matters “Museum in a Box” in a virtual event on November 30.  

The “Museum in a Box” serves as a starting point for teachers and educators looking to introduce children to the basic principles of hydrology with interactive tools that explain drainage basins and watersheds, protecting aquatic species, and rain water harvesting.  The digital box available on the Care Earth Trust website is available in English and Tamil, and designed for middle and high school students.  The virtual compilation includes three and two-dimensional animated films, explanatory tutorial videos, downloadable flash cards, interactive games and puzzles, and illustrated primers, posters, and factsheets.  The digital box will be hosted on http://www.careearthtrust.org starting December 1, 2020.  Institutions and educators can gain access to the learning material for free by registering on the Care Earth Trust website.

U.S. Consulate General Chennai Public Affairs Officer Anne Seshadri said, “We invite the public, especially the youth and secondary school educators, to explore challenges and solutions related to sustainable water management through this digital curriculum on water.  The U.S. Consulate is delighted to partner with Care Earth Trust on this important initiative.”

 Care Earth Trust Managing Trustee Dr. Jayshree Vencatesan said, “Working on Water Matters has been a remarkable learning experience for us.  The initiative provided us (with) a platform to reach out to a diverse set of people, from bureaucrats to students, communicating with each group in a language that brings home the message of consciousness and conservation.”  She added: “The Water Matters ‘Museum in a Box’ has been designed from scratch keeping in mind the needs of middle and high school students.  We hope teachers and educators find the compilation useful.”

The “Museum in a Box” is part of the U.S. Consulate General Chennai’s multi-year Water Matters initiative which included public exhibitions focused on science and sustainable water management innovation, including installations, information kiosks, and interactive educational experiments in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), Care Earth Trust, and Science Gallery Bengaluru.

Press Release in Tamil (PDF: 159 KB)