A CIESE Collaborative Project

Fall 2006 Final Reports

Fall 2006 Project Letters of Introduction & Final Reports

Letters of Introduction  

Somerset Intermediate School

Pingree School in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, USA

Final Reports

Somerset Intermediate School

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Pingree School in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, USA

Hey! We’re students from the Pingree School in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, which is north of Boston. Pingree School is a private day school, and there are twelve kids in our science class which is participating in the Global Water Sampling Project. On the Pingree campus there is a small pond with a small island in the center. We are taking the water samples from the pond. The latitude of Hamilton is 42.6070N and the longitude is 70.8792W. In Hamilton we have many trees, and different seasons. Right now it is fall. Pingree is a small school with only about three hundred and thirty students. We are in the ninth grade Earth Science class. At the start of this watering sampling project our class went out to the pond during class and thought of our hypothesis. We thought that the pond by our school was a very healthy pond. We thought that this would be so because there are only trees surrounding the pond. We also noticed an abundance of tadpoles in the pond. If the pond were surrounded by factories, we would have concluded that the pond would have been unhealthy because of pollution. Thanks for reading this (amazing) letter.

The Pingree School Freshmen D Period Earth Science Class

Edna Carr High School in New Orleans , Louisiana, USA

Hello to all participants!

Edna Karr High School is located at New Orleans, Louisiana. The school is situated at longitude -90.004464 and at latitude 29.920154. The school has a population of 769 students from Grades 9-12. There are 130 students from the biology classes who are participating in the project. The field testing is scheduled from November 13-16, 2006. Each of the six classes is assigned a place to collect, test, and analyze water sample. The identified areas are Mississippi River (Eastbank and Westbank), Lake Ponchartrain (Northshore and Southshore), Bayou St. John and Bayou Segnette. In this project, the students will investigate if location affects water quality. If the students can obtain water quality data prior to hurricane Katrina, a comparison can be done about water quality of New Orleans during pre- and post-Katrina.

More information will be shared by the Technology Specialists of each class about the place assigned and water quality data gathered from the area.

Our group will send all the data next week.

Thanks and keep in touch!

Edna Karr High School Biology Classes
S. Lumod - Teacher

Glen Rock High School in Glen Rock , New Jersey, USA

Dear Fellow Participants,

Glen Rock Jr./Sr. High school is located in Glen Rock, NJ,U.S.A, a medium sized (pop. 11,546), middle class town. Glen Rock is located at 40.95 degrees N. and 74.12 degrees W., about 22 miles NW of New York City. We currently have 2 senior classes in our environmental study course with a total of 30 students participating in the Global Water Sampling Project.
The body of water we chose to study is the Glen Rock Duck Pond located in the Saddle River County Park. This pond has limited outflow, with inflow mostly due to rainfall and drainage from the surrounding parkland and houses. Walkers, bike riders, children and geese use the park throughout the year.
Hypothesis: If we observe both the visual appearance and run various chemical tests, checking the abiotic conditions of the pond, then we will be able to determine the health of our pond.

Attached is a areial view of our pond.
We look forward to completing the sampling tests, submitting the data and viewing other schools samples.

Debra Sweet
Teacher of Environmental Science

Final Reports

Glen Rock High School in Glen Rock , New Jersey, USA

This is our final report from the Rainforest Heroes and Silent Spring from Glen Rock High School, Glen Rock, NJ. We are two 12th grade environmental classes. When we arrived the pond's water looked brownish,the edges wer"gross", covered in bird feathers with a lot of goose poop on the ground. There was no noticable smell. Cut grass, parking lots, and a bike path surround the pond. There are clusters of bushes and oak trees at either end with grass around most of the edge. Visually the pond didn''t look to healthy.
Well looks can be deceiving. We learned that just because it doesn't look pleasing to the eye doesn't mean it isn't healthy. After all the test were put together and analyzed, we found that our pond is in fair to good shape and capable of supporting a wide variety of life.
Next time will will look for macro invertebrates.
In addition each group would be responsible for running multiple trials instead of three different groups each running the same trial. Even though we took all the data and averaged it, changing the collection procedure could reduce the disparities in some data.
Finally, we enjoyed being part of the project and look forward to being involved in the spring