A CIESE Collaborative Project

Fall 2003 Discussion Area

Letters of Introduction
 

Denby Tech. & Prep. High School

NORSTAR

Lucian Blaga

Montessori School of Maui

ROC Charter High School

Jedlicka Middle School

Jeppe High School for Girls

91 German Language High School

Holy Nativity Episcopa



Denby Tech. & Prep. High School

Greetings from Denby Tech & Prep high school.  We live in an urban city called Detroit, which is not as bad as everyone makes it seems.  We are the only honors chemistry in our over populated public school.  Our class is composed of seven intelligent African American students.  We hope to prove that our water if of fair quality.  We want to wish other schools good luck, and happy testing!!

 


NORSTAR

NORSTAR, an after-school gifted science program focusing on math and science, mentors creative and inventive students from the five Norfolk Public High Schools:
Booker T. Washington ~ Granby
Lake Taylor ~ Maury ~ Norview

Through independent studies and self-motivated research, the students create teams to design and construct real world experiments and projects. NORSTAR has two divisions: Space/Science Experiments and Robotics. NORSTAR labs use the latest technology, due to a contract between DELL and NPS.

The NORSTAR program is located at Norfolk Technical Vocational Center in Norfolk, on the southeastern tip of Virginia. Annually, we participate in the F.I.R.S.T. Robotic Competition. Every year, we participate in NASA Student Involvement Programs. Once in awhile, we design a Space Experiment Module and get recognition from NASA. A small group also made an unsuccessful attempt at cloning carrot plants from seeds last year. This is our second year participating in the Global Water Sampling Project. Last year, we collected water from two locations on the Elizabeth River and two from Broad Creek, both located in Norfolk.

Norfolk has a population of 300,000. Our latitude and longitude is 36.87 N and 76.21 W. Norfolk is 61.86 square miles, and houses part of the largest naval base in the world, which has 104 ships and 36 squadrons.

This year, we plan to test Lake Whitehurst, which is surrounded by Norfolk Botanical Gardens, Little Creek Amphibious Base, and Norfolk International Airport. We hypothesize that the water may be of average condition, supporting plant and animal life.

The NORSTAR Water Testing Team

 



Lucian Blaga

We learn at high school Lucian Blaga - Constanta - ROMANIA. Our town, Constanta - the great port of the Black Sea, is situate in central east Europe - 440 10' N latitude, 280 36' E longitude.

The school is named after Lucian Blaga, a great Romanian writer, poet, play-writer, philosopher and essayist. Many of his poems, dramas philosophical works are studied and known by people. He was born in 1895 and died in 1961.

Our high school is a very young one. Despite this thing, the pupils who learn here are smart students and they know how to make they classes to be more attractive and less stressful. The teachers are well prepared for what they are teaching and they are in permanent contact with their pupils. Our professors are nice teaching very well and using progressive methods, being an example for us.

Our colleagues are nice too and we feel great together, fun is fun, study is study.

With the help of our form master we have participated to some exhibitions housed by my high school. We have involved in an ecological project for saving the nature, parks, beach (Green week). We made some invitations to some important people the U.E, we participated too to the international project" Spring Day in Europe".
On the 31st of October, each year we celebrate, from 1996, the International Day of Black Sea.

On the 1st of December, each year we celebrate, our National Day. This was a great opportunity we had to show, cards to all the classes with information about National Day.
I like to study here very much and, sincerely, if I had the occasion to choose again I would to the same choice.
 

 



Montessori School of Maui

Aloha,
We attend the Montessori School located in Makawao, Maui. Our names are, Miki Nakasone, Megan Stephens, and Sierra Sylva. We are all in the 7th grade. To find us on the map locate 30degrees latitude and 170 degrees longitude.

We live on the side of a dormant volcano, Haleakala. Our school has 200 students the ages ranges from 18 months to 14 years old.

Our hypothesis is that the water we are testing from two streams, Iao Stream and Haiku Stream, will have different algae and other things than others places in the world. One reason is because the closet continent to Maui is 2500 miles away. Because of this we have very unique insects, plants, etc.

 



ROC Charter High School

Rochester Off-Campus Charter High School, otherwise known as ROC, is located in the southeast corner of Minnesota and is found at Latitude 44 degrees 5 minutes north, and longitude 92 degrees 28 minutes west. Our school serves 120 students in grades 9 - 12 who come here for many different reasons, mainly that the bigger schools aren't working for them. The city we live in is home to the Mayo Clinic and IBM, and at a population of about 86,000 is growing quickly in every direction.

For our project, students were interested in finding out if any point sources of pollution exist in the Zumbro River in or nearby Rochester. Each student generated their own hypothesis, but the majority of the group believed that we would find a point source over the 14 miles of river that we surveyed.

 



Jedlicka Middle School

We are students from Jedlicka Middle School located in Proctor, MN. We live in a small community and our school is joined to the high school. The latitude of our stream is 46.8 N and the longitude is 92.1 W. We sampled three streams on Sept. 16, 2003. We went to the Kingsbury Creek, Keene's Creek and the St. Louis River at the Boy Scout Landing.

Our purpose for all three streams was to see if the streams were healthy. The students going to Kingsbury Creek believed that the creek wouldn't be healthy because they have seen people polluting the creek. They also believed this because the creek is next to a golf course and some fertilizers may have run into the creek.

The students that went to Keene's Creek believed that their stream would be healthy because they didn't see any garbage and they swim at the creek.

The students that went to the St. Louis River did not believe it would be healthy because they have heard about the mercury in the water and deformed frogs that have had more than one head and not enough or too many legs.

 



Jeppe High School for Girls

My name is Nila Wilde. I am 17 years old and I am in Grade 11 at Jeppe High School for Girls in Kensington, Johannesburg, South Africa. My Geography teacher is Mrs. C. Huysamer.

The location of Johannesburg is 26:08:00 S; 27:54:00E.
The population of greater Johannesburg is 7 750 000.
The location of the water source that I will be testing is 26:09:12 S; 28:10:36 E.

The population of the area surrounding this tributary is 40,623.

Our school, which was established in 1903, strives for academic excellence, individual development and encourages independent thought and an enthusiasm for learning.
Jeppe Girls motto is Forti Nihil Difficillius nothing is too difficult for the brave.

I am excited about joining the CIESE Global Water Sampling Project, particularly with regard to comparing my test results with those from other participants from around the world, especially from areas with similar climatic conditions. I shall be doing this project in conjunction with my Matric Geography Portfolio Research Assignment, which has to relate to topical geographical concerns in our community.

I will investigate the physical and chemical characteristics of the tributary of the Jukskei River in Hurlyvale, a suburb of Johannesburg. This stream is located approximately 12 km East of my school, and is in a park near my house. I will be investigating if and how the water changes depending on rainfall, time of day and season. I will perform these tests over 5 days in October (our spring) and will repeat the tests in mid-summer (mid-December). For the purposes of the CIESE project, I will only submit the October results.

I expect the water to be very polluted with solid waste and Coliform bacteria due to the many vagrants who use the park for their convenience; the dogs that walk in the park and due to storm water run-off. Also, I think that turbidity and D.O. will increase during thunderstorms.
My schools motto definitely applies when testing this water!

Thank goodness, local residents do not receive their household water supplies from the Jukskei River. Rather, they receive their water from the Vaal Dam and Rand Water Board.

Thank you for providing students like me with the opportunity to participate in a project which is of interest and relevance to people all over the world!

Yours faithfully,

Nila Wilde, Student
Mrs. C. Huysamer, Head of Department, Geography
Mrs. B. Tobias, Principal

 


91 German Language High School

We are a class of 24 students in the 11th grade. We will work on this project in the Chemistry classroom and our teacher is Mrs Milena Simeonova. Our school is a German Language High School in the capital city of Bulgaria. We would love to work on this project in German. We heard that students from Kabul German School will participate in this project too. Maybe they could write back what they think about exchanging messages in German.

We are going to test the water of two rivers in Sofia area: the Perlovska River and the Vladaiska River. Our general hypothesis is that the waters of these rivers are over poluted due to household and industrial refuse. We are going to look for the following substances: Phenol, diluted Oxygen etc.

Best wishes,
Elitza and Janislava
on behalf of 11 E class

 



Holy Nativity Episcopa

The name of our school is Holy Nativity Episcopal School, or as we call it, just Holy Nativity. It is located at 205 Hamilton Avenue, Panama City, Florida, 86 degrees South, 30 degrees east. The climate here on the panhandle is quite nice, spring is the best time of the year. We are the eighth grade class of Holy Nativity, the highest grade at our school. Our school mascot is an eagle, the school colors are red, blue and white.

The water testing project started in September and ended in October. We spent time compiling the data and discussing our results before we submitted our final report. Our hypothesis was that due to the location of Martin Lake ( close to a paper mill) the quality of the water would be poor. We thought the pollution from the paper mill would adversely affect the lake