Science Junction
 

Water What-ifs

Introduction

Water What-ifs is a part of Science Junction, an interactive science web site which has the goal of creating connections between the researchers and faculty at North Carolina State University and teachers, parents and students. Water What-ifs was created by Lisa L. Grable and April J. Cleveland for the purpose of encouraging inquiry investigations of water quality and collaboration between teachers and students. This site was designed to be a teaching and learning tool for teachers as well as students. 
 

 
 The Objectives of this Project 
  • Monitor and evaluate the water quality of streams, lakes, ponds and rivers and create a database of information to be shared from year to year. 
  • Encourage students to develop and use critical thinking skills to determine how certain factors can change the quality of an aquatic ecosystem. 
  • Provide inquiry based lessons which may be used to create a water unit to supplement the water quality testing project. 
  • Encourage collaboration between teachers and students who may not otherwise have the opportunity to interact.
  • Allow teachers to learn new skills at their convenience by providing an online tutorial on the basics of web use and water quality testing using LaMotte test kits and CBL (Calculator-Based Laboratories) technology. 
  • Provide a way for teachers to link water quality testing and the associated lessons to the National Science Education Content Standards, the North Carolina competency goals for middle school students, the North Carolina earth and environmental science competencies and the Delaware science standards. 
  • Provide a research tool to determine if teachers can be taught as effectively through the use of a web tutorial as they can in a face to face workshop situation.

As you travel through this web site, please remember that your comments and suggestions are appreciated. Sharing of ideas and strategies with other teachers and students is the main goal of the Water Quality Forum. Please freely share your successes and ask for help with any problems you may encounter! Good luck!

 

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©1998 April J. Cleveland for Science Junction, NC State University. All rights reserved. 
page design by Lisa Leonor Grable and April J. Cleveland 
URL: http://www.ncsu.edu/sciencejunction/depot/experiments/water/
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Last Modified: 7/11/98
 
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