Title: Make Water x LilNouns Web3 Onboarding Pilot Program
Summary: Elequa, a nonprofit organization, will launch a pilot project that integrates the organization’s existing Make Water STEM education program with web3 onboarding for traditionally-underserved students and youth. The pilot program will increase youth interest in and understanding of web3, create opportunities for live sharing of citizen-science data on blockchain, and diversify web3’s members.
Author: TriggityTron / Ryan Beltrán
Type: Funding Request
Implementer: Elequa, Inc./ MakeWater.org
Created Date: 06/06/2022
Request Amount: 30 ETH
Background: Elequa Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission “to empower students who want to make a difference in the world by giving them the tools and education to tackle real-world water issues collaboratively.” Using a unique blend of STEM education principles, experiential learning modules, and teamwork, Make Water prepares K-12 students to contribute knowledge and solutions that make real-world differences, and enter STEM fields as citizen scientists, innovative thinkers, and inspired change agents.
Make Water accomplishes these goals through its core program, Make Water. Make Water combines hands-on experience, video storytelling, and collaborative learning to students of varying ability levels and experience. Students form “teams” charged with assembling - and later improving or redesigning - a “coagulator kit.” The coagulator kit is a unique-to-Make Water apparatus that utilizes electrical currents to purify contaminants from water samples. Make Water also exists in an abridged format - used at workshops, festivals, Hackathons, and other events - that primarily utilizes the Eco Kit. The Eco Kit fits in a #10 envelops and builds an at-home water purifier experiment constructed of commonly-found household items.
Motivation: From the coagulator kit to the Eco Kit, Make Water has brought new and interesting technologies and techniques (e.g. arduino processors, electrocoagulation) to the forefront of students’ education, and has built a following of thousands of student participants who’ve gained increased knowledge of and interest in STEM and saving our planet. Make Water sees an exceptional opportunity to introduce and integrate web3 and blockchain to its existing programs, continuing its tradition of innovation.
Make Water is also founded on a principle of increasing accessibility, particularly for underserved student populations including minorities and students of color, low-to moderate-income students (LMI), and women. These populations are most frequently denied access to innovative programs and underrepresented in STEM fields of study and careers. Introducing and onboarding students to web3 through Elequa’s Make Water program will diversify web3 and build on its premise of being a more equitable domain; students onboarded to web3 through the pilot program’s integration modules will be better able to “get in on the ground floor” of a potentially generation-altering technology, thereby increasing their share in wealth (potentially breaking the cycle of poverty for so many) and democratic processes.
Proposal and Execution: Make Water’s web3 Pilot Program will combine its traditional Make Water program - offered to students year round - with web3 integrations. A new learning module will be added to the program covering the basics of web3 and blockchain. Individual students will receive a unique MakeWater / LilNouns Collaborative POAP for participation in the Make Water program. Make Water will seek to include Nouns to the marketing materials, instructions, and packaging of its kits for Pilot Program participants, including LilNouns paper glasses that include a unique link to the POAP.
- Engage 3,000 -4,000 students in Make Water programming that includes web3 integration (aka Pilot Program)
- Serve at least 60% students identifying in an underserved population including students of color, LMI, or female
- Increase interest in STEM-based career/degree programs and web3 as indicated on pre- and post-program student surveys by 30% pre to post.
Place of Service: Atlanta, GA and/or San Antonio, TX depending on funding
Budget: 30 ETH (Approx. $55,000) as indicated below:
Official Elequa Make Water Page
Endaoment Donation Link Previous donors include Artblocks & SantaSwap
MakeWater Video Trailer