What is it? Since the local lake (10 miles from school) is a source of much income and many jobs, the quality of the water running into the lake is extremely important. Working in teams of 3 or 4, students will determine the components of surface water that can enhance or hinder water quality. They will then investigate our local watershed and select “interesting” places they think might introduce some of those components (point sources) and will regularly sample and test those places for the various components. Data will be compiled and communicated to the Lake Improvement Association at the end of one year of study. Teams will also contribute to a class book on how to test for the various components and what those components do, as well as a class video on running the various tests.
Why do we like it? This is a well-designed high school environmental science project with a completed Project Design Overview and Learning Guide from one of our National Faculty, Al Summers.
How can you use it? Use this for professional development and as a model for completing the Project Planner.