My students need a water quality test kit to test the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, PA.
This project expired on September 19, 2010.
Hooray! This project is fully funded
The Schuylkill River flows right through eastern PA, three blocks away from our school. Students cross the river many times each day, without thinking about how the city affects the river ecosystem. A test kit will enable them to make informed decisions on the river water quality.
Our students are urban learners whom come from 67 different middle schools to attend our centrally located magnet high school in Pennsylvania.
Their dedication is evident as some have an hour community using 3 forms of public transit. They are high energy thinkers who demand to know WHY? ! These kids want proof before they make a decision. Application of their proof is demonstrated with projects like podcasts, wikis, videos, lab reports, and keynotes.
For the past 3 years, our school has done an environmental assay of the Schuylkill river in Eastern Pennsylvania. Last year, we borrowed LaMotte Low-Cost test kits (tabs) from the EPA. The kits were sufficient, but not as accurate as the LaMotte kit requested through this grant. This new LaMotte kit will enable students to gather more accurate data in a more broad range of tests. They will then analyze this data to form a position statement to build or not build the proposed skate park planned to be built right next to the Schuylkill. The final outcome is the creation of a Public Service Announcement supporting or canning the skate park.
The funding of this project will create a more firm foundation with better data so students can make better decisions based on the analysis of this data. Hopefully, this project will begin a discussion of how much humans impact their local watersheds. As they become adults, perhaps they will use this data to protect the Schuylkill.
As students complete the Schuylkill River environmental study, they begin to make connection of human impact on a local ecosystem.
Often, kids study ecosystems in a non-tangible textbook or through a website. This is a chance for kids to literally get their hands wet and make a difference as they educate other with a PSA.
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