2010 Enviro Summer Institute

Monday - Reflections and Images

I enjoyed the Introduction and Groundwater Basics from the morning session. This lab activity would be easy to do in the classroom. I notice during the scavenger hunt, that ND has a beautiful campus. As for water quality, there is many animals, birds, squirrels, & fish that can contaminate water. With construction on campus, you have erosion that can get into water systems and construction vehicles can leak oil that can get into water systems

Tuesday - Reflections and Images

I learned alot from the water testing. The lab quest were hard to use at first. After some practice, it was easier. 6h grade students may find this difficult to use. They would need alot of teacher direction. The tour of the engineer buildings were very interesting. I was found it very interesting about all the grad students and their research. I didn't realize all the science jobs that are available. I don't think students understand this either. This is one of the science standards. ND is equiped with the state of the art technology!

Wednesday - Reflections and Images

Doing the well testing project would be good in the class to use technology in the classroom. It is one of my standards to collect data with scienctific tools and to intrepret data. The labquest sensors would be best used and done together as a class. I must give very specific directions and monitor the classroom very carefully. Teacher lead would work the best. I would probably start out by testing my own well water. I feel confident that I could get a least 5 or 6 well samples to use with my students. I offer exta credit and that usually works. Downing loading photos seems is difficult for me. I am not so tech savy. I am sure I can find a few students that may be good at this and assign this task to them. I do have 4 computers in the back of my room and access to a computer lab. One problem may be signing out the sensors. We follow a specific curriculum map. It may be hard to get the sensors when I should be teaching this curriculum. I have enjoyed the field trips and tours around ND. I find this very interesting and it makes the time go by quickly. I like learning about the job and research possiblities that are available on campus.

Thursday - Reflections and Images

I really enjoyed Carrie's talk on early sewage & septic systems. I would love to show this powerpoint to my class when beginning to discuss underground water and water treatment. I hope this will be on line. Place-based education is a great system to follow. This is hard to do if you live in the city and there is no outdoor facilities. Also, my school system doesn't allow us to take field trips. This is a bummer! This makes it harder to do place-base learning.

Friday - Reflections and Images

Symposium Presentation

Wellhead Protection - Water Testing and related pedagogy issues

I enjoyed using the water testing strips and the labquest materials. I have done this in the past but mostly testing rivers and streams. My labquest sensors were old models that took measurements that were kept in the box and then you had to transfer the data on to a computer. The sensors were not user friendly. I would forget how to use them the next year when I needed them again. The labquests sensors we used were more user friendly. I'm glad that we are going to get the test strips provided. With the economy not be very good, schools are feeling the squeeze with budget cuts. My department budget is the least that it has ever been and water testing would be expensive. To start thelab, I would ask for students to bring in well samples with pictures. With 130 students, I am hoping to get at least 5 students that could bring in well samples with pictures. Hopefully at least 1 per class. I have 5 classes. We would share the information between the 5 classes. We would test together as a class. One well sample per class. Letting us borrow the labquest sensors is very nice. I just hope we don't break them. To minimize this, we would test together, teacher led, with me going around and monitoring. I would assign lab jobs to each group. The following year after I feel more comfortable, I might let each group do a separate sampling. I have 4 computers in my room and access to a computer lab to input the information. I would find computer savy students and this would be their job. Water testing fits in to my standards nicely. Using scienctic tools to collect data, intrepreting data, and having students create graphs displaying information, and Earth's water, are all my standards.
I also enjoyed the lab tours and field trips. One of my standards is introducing science careers and where they would work. I had no idea that grad. work in science that students get their phd. free and are given stipends for their research and that it took so long to complete their work. I have met very smart people on ND in the last 2 weeks during my workshops.

Website: The story of ground water


Boston Middle School

Grade Levels

6th Grade

No. of Students




Links to Well Reports




Teacher Comments/Reflections


ENVIRO Educator Comments/Reflections


Parental Feedback


Colleagues Participating in ENVIRO

At Our School


At Other Schools