June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
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Examining water quality in the Chesapeake Bay: A hands-‐on sustainability activity for 5th to 7th graders A “Green Techfacturing” camp for middle school students to promote awareness of sustainability and STEM education was conducted during the summers of 2012 and 2013. The camp includes half-‐day hands-‐on learning activities and half-‐day field trips to local manufacturing facilities. The camp emphasizes the principles of green engineering that have been implemented in local facilities. This paper will discuss and demonstrate how the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s water report card is used to discuss water resource issues and hands-‐on learning experiences that teach students about their water footprint, water quality and sustainable water use. Hands on Activities included: the review of local water quality reports; discussion of local and global water resources; review of regional water quality issues in the Chesapeake Bay watershed; field testing Dissolved Oxygen, levels, pH, and nutrient levels in a local body of water; a field trip to a wastewater treatment facility; and student presentations about their learning experiences. The proposed demonstration will show how middle school age students conducted water testing in a local water body and compared their results to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s “Report Card” on water quality in the Bay. Students were given 10 question sustainability surveys prior to and after completion of the camp to demonstrate and assess camp objectives.
Striebig, B. A., & Holland, S. K. (2014, June), Examining Water Quality in the Chesapeake Bay: A Hands-on Sustainability Activity for 5th to 7th Graders Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20453
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