• Alex the Frog Environmental Education Series

    This series of interactive, educational CD-ROMs features irresistible Alex the Frog, a six-foot, hip-hopping frog, as your guide.

    • CD-ROMs feature engaging videos, quizzes, visualizations and interactive simulations

    • Some programs are also available online

    • Designed for grades 4-8

    • Produced by the Center for Global Environmental Education

    • The three programs in this series are:

    Water Down the Drain 
    The Story of Water Pollution: Irresistible Alex, a six foot hip-hopping frog, introduces the causes of non-point runoff pollution in urban settings—as only a frog can! Six modules introduce a watershed landscape perspective and provide information about the impacts of impervious surfaces and pollution problems and solutions common to residential lots. This programon CD-ROM and onlineis the perfect story of the hazards of pollution for students and families alike!

    Urban Water Cycle
    With Alex the frog as the guide, the Urban Water Cycleon CD-ROM and onlinetakes teachers, students, and citizens into underground aquifers, up water towers, and squeezing through the maze of pipes that circulate water through three related systems in urban environments.  It’s a journey that leads to new understanding of the importance of using water wisely. Includes: engaging videos, visualizations, interactive simulations and a standards-based classroom activity guide. The program covers all parts of the urban water cycle, including: (1) Drinking Water, (2) Waste Water, and (3) Storm Water. Sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Health. View the program online at the Minnesota Department of Health website.

    Big Foot 
    Reduce. Reuse, RecycleA Step-by-Step Guide to Shrinking Your Ecological Footprint: All creatures impact their environmentno problem there. But every day we make lifestyle choices that have surprisingly big impacts on our planet. Learn how you and your neighbors can reduce the impact of your lifestyleyour "ecological footprint"by reducing waste, recycling, reusing products, using water wisely, smart shopping, and smart development. 

    In this program—on CD-ROMyou'll discover how much land and resources it takes to sustain your lifestyle. Knowing your ecological footprint—that is, the number of acres of natural resources required to support your lifestyleand making smart lifestyle choices reduces global warming, protects wildlife, conserves water, and reduces pollution. The average American’s footprint is a super-sized 25 acres; it would take five Earths to support humanity if everyone’s footprint was that big! In comparison, the average Western European’s footprint is 13 acres, and for Mexicans, it’s six acres. We can all do better!

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