Spring 2006 Discussion Area
Letters of Introduction
|Hawthorn Middle School|
|Cranford High School|
Greenfaulds High School, Cumbernauld
Greenfaulds High School is in Cumbernauld, in Scotland. It is a non-denominational school with an approximate roll of 1100 pupils. The name Cumbernauld is Cumar-nan-Alt in Gaelic (Scotland’s national language) which means the meeting of the waters. The possible reason for this name is due to the proximity of tributaries of the rivers Forth and Clyde which lead to the major cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Cumbernauld has a longitude of 4.00W and a latitude of 55.57N and has a population of 64,552 people. We are a new town which is twinned with the city of Bron in France. We get a lot of wet weather but it has been sunny for the past couple of weeks. Most of the year it is cold and damp particularly over the Winter months.
We are in the first year science club, which runs every Thursday after school. Here we take part in lots of fun experiments and learn new scientific techniques.
For the global water sampling project we will be sampling the water in the Luggie which is our local river. We are one of the major towns in North Lanarkshire authority.
Our hypothesis is that the water will be quite polluted as it looks murky and contained several bits of rubbish.
We are looking forward to doing this project with other schools around the world and too comparing our results.
Hawthorn Middle School
We are 8th Grade science students from Hawthorn Middle School located in Vernon Hills, Illinois, USA. Latitude – 42.14.214N, Longitude – 87.50.294W. Vernon Hills is a northern suburb of Chicago. Our school district is quite large with nearly 5000 students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. There are 550 7th & 8th grade culturally diverse students just in our building.
We are studying water quality in science which is why we decided to join the Global Water Sampling Project and share our results with many different schools around the globe. We are looking forward to comparing data with all of you.
The lake we are testing is in Independence Grove Forest Preserve which is in the Des Plaines River watershed. The lake was man made – it was a quarry at one time and has actually only been a lake for about 12 years. We drew our samples and conducted our experiments while on a field trip on September 28th and 29th.
Our hypothesis is that the Independence Grove lake will be very clean because it is in a protected natural area with many plants, trees and wildlife surrounding it.
Rukmini Devi School, Delhi, India
We are from RUKMINI DEVI PUBLIC SCHOOL, DELHI, the capital city of INDIA. Our school is located in North Delhi, at the Latitude: 29°, Longitude: 77°. Our school complex caters to the classes pre-primary to higher secondary i.e., age group 4- 17 years with state of the art infrastructural facilities. We have been working on various collaborative programs from last few years.
Recent years, we have realized that both biotic & abiotic components of environment facing degradation. Especially water resources are in worst condition. We, have chosen river yamuna of our city as our sample, being the supplier of the fr! esh water to the major parts of the city. The Yamuna is considered the most sacred rivers in India.
Delhi , the capital city of India is facing the challenges of sanitation and environmental degradation due to increasing population and urbanisation. Delhi alone contributes around 3,296 MLD (million litres per day) of sewage by virtue of drains outfalling in Yamuna. This is more than that of all the Class two cities of India put together. The low perennial flow in Yamuna and the huge quantity of waste it receives have given it the dubious distinction of being one of the most polluted rivers of the countr! y. Although, our government makes laws that prohibit any waste from factory or from citizen throw away to the river. But, the condition still remains the same.
Our school supports sustainable efforts towards education of environment and provides all the necessary equipment required during the project. Hoping forward to have an informative and interesting experience while working on 'Global Water Sampling Project'.
Liceul Teoretic DECEBAL
Our school is Liceul Teoretic DECEBAL from Constanta, Romania. Constanta, our city, is the biggest harbour at the Black Sea(lat:44.5 N log:28,5 E)Our students are between 14 and 19 years old and they are all very interested in protecting the enviromnent.
Cranford High School
One Biology and three College Prep Biology classes are participating in this water sampling project. We are from Cranford High School (74.43.53, 40.6559). We are in New Jersey not far from New York City. The town has a population of about 22,578. We are sampling over a 5 week period and students are testing one to three parameters each week, switching their tests so they try each test. The Rahway River from which we are testing has about a 30 square mile watershed that is entering the river at the point we are testing it. We are going to analyze the data from all the classes and then their own data. Any feedback would be welcome. Thanks for participating.
Ms. Lewis’ Biology Classes
Hempfield School District
Our school, Hempfield School District, is located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Our area is mostly farmland and residential. We are located at 40:18’N latitude and 76:18’W.
We are a small program within the district. We take our courses online and have some offline activities with a heavy focus on service learning. This Global Warming Sampling Project is one of many service-learning projects that we’ve done this year.
Each month we go out to the same locations and test the water. After sampling the water we come back to the classroom to test it. We test for Ammonia Nitrogen, pH, Chlorine, Chromium, Copper, Cyanide, Iron, Nitrate Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Silica, and Sulfide. We test two locations in the same stream.