Title

Middle-school Projects Focused onWater Quality of Crystal Creek in Cle Elum, WA

Presenter Information

Sara Healas
Dale Sweet

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom A

Start Date

17-5-2012

End Date

17-5-2012

Abstract

Sixth grade students at Walter Strom Middle School in the Cle Elum �" Roslyn School District conducted research focused on measuring the water quality of Crystal Creek, a small stream located near the school. These students are part of the National Science Foundation’s GK-12 program which places graduate students in elementary through high school classrooms to enhance the state curriculum with hands on inquiry based science. Our GK-12 program, called the Watershed Activities to Enhance Research in Schools (WATERS) focuses on the Yakima River Watershed. Every year, Mr. Sweet’s sixth graders get to raise Chinook salmon in their classroom. The sixth graders were asked a year-long question of “Could we release the salmon we raise in our classroom into Crystal Creek?” The students were divided into groups, and each group came up with a testable hypothesis focused on one of four water quality indicators: temperature, flow rate, dissolved oxygen, or pH. The student presentations will focus on their answer to the research question based on their data.

Poster Number

37

Faculty Mentor(s)

Jason Irwin

Additional Mentoring Department

Biological Sciences

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Middle-school Projects Focused onWater Quality of Crystal Creek in Cle Elum, WA

SURC Ballroom A

Sixth grade students at Walter Strom Middle School in the Cle Elum �" Roslyn School District conducted research focused on measuring the water quality of Crystal Creek, a small stream located near the school. These students are part of the National Science Foundation’s GK-12 program which places graduate students in elementary through high school classrooms to enhance the state curriculum with hands on inquiry based science. Our GK-12 program, called the Watershed Activities to Enhance Research in Schools (WATERS) focuses on the Yakima River Watershed. Every year, Mr. Sweet’s sixth graders get to raise Chinook salmon in their classroom. The sixth graders were asked a year-long question of “Could we release the salmon we raise in our classroom into Crystal Creek?” The students were divided into groups, and each group came up with a testable hypothesis focused on one of four water quality indicators: temperature, flow rate, dissolved oxygen, or pH. The student presentations will focus on their answer to the research question based on their data.