CPS students recognized by World Water Monitoring

We were recently contacted by the folks of World Water Monitoring Day that the 6th grade written stories and pix made it on their story page!

Here’s the link: http://www.worldwatermonitoringday.org/Participate/Participant_Stories.html#US

You have to scroll down to United States, then to Massachusetts and finally Cambridge. CPS sixth grade students tested the water on all of our ecosystem “field work: field trips using a free World Water Monitoring Day kit that CPS received at the National Science Teachers Association convention last spring. The student authors are:

If you cant view the link, here is the text:

Deer Island:  Erica Jacquith & Rabiah Fresco

Fresh Pond/Black’s Nook Pond:  Susan Gonzalez

Charles River:  Hayden McKee

 
 Cambridge, Black’s Nook Pond
On Friday, September 12, 27 sixth graders from the Amigos School in Cambridge, Massachusetts were excited for a field trip to Black’s Nook Pond in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Together the four teams of students used a World Water Monitoring Day water test kit to test the pond’s fresh water quality. The tests performed included ammonia, air temperature, water temperature dissolved oxygen, turbidity and pH. The pH of the pond was 8, which is slightly basic. The level of dissolved oxygen was 1 parts per million, which is a low percentage of saturation. The temperature of the air was 63°F, and the pond temperature was 62°F. The ammonia test turned out to be 0. The turbidity was 0 JTU’s (Jackson Turbidity Units), which means it was pretty clear.

The reason that everyone participated in World Water Monitoring Day is because everyone is concerned with the wellness of the water and by submitting all of their data, they are trying to help make a difference. Every single person felt great about this field trip and about testing the water. The thing is that not only did they test the water; they found different organisms like decomposers, producers, and consumers of all levels. They discussed how the biotic would change if and when the abiotic factors change in the pond. On the bus ride back to school, most people mentioned that it was an amazing experience to test and record the water’s data!

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