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Old 10-02-2006   #1
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Water Testing Eastern Rivers

The world is a laboratory and chemistry students at New River Academy get to experience it first hand. Science teacher, Brendan Kelley, is facilitating a semester long experiment examining chemical characteristics of different rivers throughout the United States, Canada, and Costa Rica. These students intend to compare the levels of pollutants of these rivers to test for effects of human influences, such as agriculture and industry.

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Michelle is the winner of the 2006 AW/Huge Experiences Essay Scholarship.

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Ps- This is a super cool experiment that the students really enjoy. A couple of years ago Nathan Silsbee and teacher Jon Souter laid the ground work for this chemistry experiment. I look forward to observing their results.

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I'm curious about this. Will you post/post a link on your site to some the data and procedure? Are you testing hardness? Which method are you using to test for nitrates? Are you going to look at one group of nitrates compared to others? I'd like to see how some of this data such as DO and nitrates compares for rivers like the Ottawa versus the New versus the Gauley, etc. Thanks.

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Old 10-03-2006   #3
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As an administrator I do not want to influence what is happening in a teachers class. Kind of like artistic freedom. Although, we can use your feedback to promote educational ideas.

Note- that this article was written by a student for an English assignment about a cool on going science experiment. So, I think I can give both the English and the science teacher feedback regarding your interests.

I am confident the idea is to report some sort of results. I am unsure of how they will report results. Possibly, they are utilizing this opportunity to practice the scientific method.

A. Posting results
B. Hardness
C. Levels of nitrates...

Your points are so strong that the teachers may be able to use these points as motivational interests for their students within the forementioned courses. I can only imagine that they would want to continue this project and evolve the results as your requested.

I think any suggestions may be used as discussion within the experiment, and again provide motivation for a thorough job.

Thanks for the ideas, and I will pass them along to the teachers.

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Thanks. I agree with not over-influencing the students' experiments. I guess my main point was that I would like to see the results and methodology posted somewhere when it's ready.

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