This project builds upon Stamford’s HP Innovation in Education Grant, a multi-disciplinary project involving students in real-world analysis of groundwater, using current technology to track and analyze data, creating maps and graphs that demonstrate findings. Students obtain results using national protocols, learning about factors influencing the availability and quality of water, topography; and drainage, flora; & fauna and the impact of urban development. Working with a number of community organizations, they meet scientists and learn about their careers.
Through its Chinese sister school, Shandong University Middle School, Scofield hopes to bring an international focus to the problem of water quality. Shandong also face significant water quality issues -- Shandong Province (Huangshui River Basin) is recognized as one of the most polluted river systems in China. As in Stamford, much of this problem is a result of a fast growing population, industrial growth and agriculture. Crucial points are water availability, pollution of water resources, and inadequate sewage treatment.
Through sharing the results of Stamford’s research and city resources with their sister school and teaching them to do their own analysis through videos and web-based contacts, it is hoped that both communities can learn and help to solve these community problems.
Throughout this project, teachers and students will do the following:
The student research will focus on three questions:
1) Does the water quality of groundwater vary
in different locactions in Stamford?
2) How does water quality in Stamford affect human
health and/or local ecology?
3) What can be done to improve water quality in
Please check out the locations of all the organizations we are working with in educational collaboration from around the world - http://maps.yourgmap.com/v/o_1ei_Stamford_Water_Quality_Testing_Map.html