The Grand River is a source of drinking water, a recreational water body, and the recipient of urban and agricultural waste water. It is part of the largest watershed in southern Ontario and supports close to one million people.
The Aquatic Science Outreach Network for the Grand (AquaSONG) pilot project has been initiated by Wilfrid Laurier University and the Centre for Cold Regions and Water Science to inform and educate local high school students on the fragility of this water body, teach basic field sampling techniques, and demonstrate methods of analysis.
Each participating high school group will collect water samples near the outflow of a waste water treatment plant, observe sample analysis using cutting edge laboratory equipment, and learn about data modelling and interpretation.
The following information can be used by grade 10 and 11 high school teachers to plan for this experience.
For more information, or to participate in this project, contact Gena Braun.
The field and lab experience will involve teaching of field and laboratory methods, but a basic understanding of some concepts is recommended and will improve the student experience. Some suggested background information is as follows:
The field experience will occur outside near a body of water. There are several inherent hazards:
The high school must provide an appropriate permission form to parents/guardians indicating the hazards that may be encountered on this field trip.
A positive and safe experience can only be obtained if all participants adhere to the following guidelines:
The following schedule is provided for information purposes only and will be adjusted depending on the school schedule, group size, or any unexpected circumstances. In general this experience requires one full school day.
9 a.m. – Field sampling
11 a.m. – Lunch
Noon – Lab, fish facility and lecture
Rotation through activities (students divided into three groups):
1 p.m. – Wrap up
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