My students need a comprehensive water quality test kit with enough materials to use it throughout the year.
By the end of this year I would like my middle school students to have a deeper understanding of the water quality of the Rio Grande.
My middle school students are naturally curious and love being in the outdoors, especially at the Bosque on the Rio Grande.
Over the years they have had many experiences at the Bosque building an appreciation for this jewel of Albuquerque. As pre-adolescents middle schoolers are becoming more and more interested in environmentalism and justice for others, including the wildlife of the Bosque.
My students need a comprehensive water quality test kit with enough materials to use it throughout the year. Determining the water quality of our river will help my students gauge how healthy the river is at various times of the year. When we go out to the Bosque, we will take this handy pack with us to conduct the various water quality assessments this kit affords, gathering data to compare each season to determine what impacts the seasons, or other external events have on the river. This will be used in conjunction with wildlife surveys, including macroinvertebrate inventories to determine correlations. Gathering and interpreting these data provide real-world ways for students to use science and math together.
This project will provide for an excellent science and math-based hands-on activity for my middle school students in the field.
Having the water quality test kit allows for diverse data gathering in a real-world context, making this work engaging and relevant to pre-adolescent learners. Because humans also draw water from the Rio Grande for drinking and irrigation, understanding how to determine water quality is an important skill for these agents of change.
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