Seekonk High School, Seekonk, Massachusetts
Period G: Christopher Morse, Victoria Gravel, Jeremy Plourde, Constantine Kappatos, Katherine Fontes
In Fall 2008 all 10th grade Biology II students and their teachers joined the watershed study project initiated by AP Biology students at Seekonk High School. Students traveled to 2 sites along the Runnins River: the Burr’s Pond site and an upstream site at the home of the Masons; to assess the health of the river at these sites. This highly successful venture allowed these students to relate ecological concepts to real, hands on research. Students, with the assistance of Kim McCoy, collected and filtered water grab samples, collected macroinvertebrate samples, took pictures of their classmates activities and of organisms along the river. Additionally, students completed streamside biosurvey sheets, measured the width, depth and flow of the river, and attempted to identify organisms using field guides. Back in the classroom, students learned how to measure phosphate levels using a Hach 2010 spec, graphed the resultant data using Excel and then ascertain the meaning and importance of phosphates with regard to river health. Students also used Excel to depict the river bottom and calculate the average flow of the river. Macroinvertebrate identification and counts were completed as a class to calculate the MGBI and determine the meaning of the results. This is the first year that the Biology II students from Seekonk High School have presented their data at the Watershed Access Lab Annual Symposium Bridgewater State College. Students also presented at the Seekonk Land Trust Annual Meeting and at the Seekonk High School. Presentations will also be available on the Science Department webpage at the high school website.
Seekonk High School, Seekonk, Massachusetts (2009). Life in the Runnins River. In Watershed Access Lab Projects. Project 70.
Available at: http://vc.bridgew.edu/wal_projects/70
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