Project 3: Project Rivers

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Project Overview
Goals
Intended Participants
Learning Outcomes
Activities

  General Information

School: Holy Heart of Mary High School
55 Bonaventure Avenue
St. John's, NF
A1C 3Z3

  Project Overview

The third project involves a partnership between STELLAR Schools, Cable Atlantic, Friends and Lobbyists of the Waterford River and the Quidi Vidi/Rennies River Development Foundation. An existing RINGS project, Project Rivers brings together the resources of all these groups to provide the basis of classroom projects that will use the latest in communications technology to help classes appreciate and preserve our watersheds. Students Tending River Ecosystems and Marshlands (STREAM) is Holy Heart's addition to this worthwhile venture. Environmental Science and other science students have "adopted" a section of the Rennies River and will be undertaking its care on an ongoing basis. Results of water-tests, general litter clean-ups, pollution watches and similar types of investigations will be posted to an existing Web page and this information will be shared with the other partners. As well initiatives originating from the partners will be explored and participated in.

<  Goals

  • to see the connection between the global situation and the local or personal situation
  • to identify the impact of human activity on the natural environment
  • to gather, organize, interpret and evaluate information related to an environmental issue on a local level
  • to develop a sense of personal responsibility and empowerment in relation to the environment and environmental problems

  Intended Participants

  • Environmental Science students and Holy Heart's Environmental Awareness Group
  • students linked to a nation wide program based at the Ontario Science Centre

  Learning Outcomes

  • adoption of a section of a local river/watershed - January, 1996
  • monitoring the section of river for evidence of environmental damage, specifically water pollution, litter, and general health of the ecosystem - bi-weekly
  • creation of a homepage for reporting on the state of the river section - February, 1996
  • development of a network with similar project groups, sharing information, ideas and results

  Activities

Students will:

  • use high speed cable access to communicate using real-time video
  • develop Web pages about their project using HTML and Netscape
  • use e-mail, FTP and newsgroups participation to provide online reports

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