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  • Tustin High School
  • Tustin, CA
  • More than half of students from low‑income households

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An essential part of my Biology and Oceanography class is the planning and carrying out of investigations. As a fully Next Generation Science Standards aligned classroom, it is imperative that my students are able to fully partake in what inquiry based explorations. One of the most important of these is a water sample lab. Students are tasked with collecting many different samples of water from the community. This can be water from the beach, streams, pools, or even the tap. We then look at the samples under the microscope and try to identify the different microorganisms found in our community’s water. This sparks an amazing debate about what makes water safe and involves a great deal of hands-on citizen science. This and so many other projects bring students who are normally apathetic learners who are work avoidant to engage with the class. Microscopes provide students with the opportunity to see what they normally can’t and opens up a world of opportunities for them to be engaged in the class conversation.

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An essential part of my Biology and Oceanography class is the planning and carrying out of investigations. As a fully Next Generation Science Standards aligned classroom, it is imperative that my students are able to fully partake in what inquiry based explorations. One of the most important of these is a water sample lab. Students are tasked with collecting many different samples of water from the community. This can be water from the beach, streams, pools, or even the tap. We then look at the samples under the microscope and try to identify the different microorganisms found in our community’s water. This sparks an amazing debate about what makes water safe and involves a great deal of hands-on citizen science. This and so many other projects bring students who are normally apathetic learners who are work avoidant to engage with the class. Microscopes provide students with the opportunity to see what they normally can’t and opens up a world of opportunities for them to be engaged in the class conversation.

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