Water Sampling Activity
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This review took place as a part of a faculty professional development workshop where groups of faculty reviewed each others' activities and offered feedback and ideas for improvements. To learn more about the process On the Cutting Edge uses for activity review, see http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/review.html.
This page first made public: Aug 8, 2014
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Description and Teaching Materials
Week Two: Once results are returned students analyze the results of their assigned pond in groups of four during a second lab period and work on data analysis. As part of the second lab meeting students collaborate with other groups to compare results.
Week Three: Students work collaboratively on a report of their findings. They are expected to have researched the parameters measured and give a description of the site including pictures.
Week Four: Working groups present their findings to the rest of the class. These presentations can be either as a Powerpoint presentation or poster session.
Teaching Notes and Tips
The local and state government labs may run some of the basic analyses for free.
Depending on the level of your class and the length of your lab time you may have to change the number of weeks.
It is helpful if during sessions two and three students have computer access.
Pictures of the site can be taken by students with their cell phones.
If this is done over several semesters data from previous terms may be incorporated in the analysis.