Aqua Innovation is an exciting Key Stage 3 initiative that helps secondary school students to save water and appropriately dispose of fats, oils and grease (FOG). The programme aims to engage the whole community in order to promote and improve sustainability.

Working closely with the national curriculum, Aqua Innovation aims to enhance teaching and learning by encouraging students to use investigative skills and action to solve urgent problems in our environment.

The initiative provides a structured framework for connecting schools with water companies, and experts in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

A school takes part in the Aqua Innovation programme
Photo: Southern Water

Through the initiative, students will be asked to:

  • Carry out investigations into water use and/or fat, oil and grease disposal, to understand people's behaviour.
  • Use the information they gather to create a product to reduce water consumption or the amount of FOG poured down the drain.
  • Directly reach out to people in their communities with surveys and communications campaigns that will drive behavioural change.

Working in partnership with WaterAid and STEM ambassadors, students will also gain insight into the importance of water worldwide and learn about the range of STEM careers open to them.