Project 1: Project Rivers
Students from one of the Grade 9 classes at St. Patrick's will try to determine the water quality of two regions of the Waterford River which run through the downtown area of St. John's. The areas will include one near a now unused railway station as well as a source in a park. By using several biological indicators such as type and abundance of flora and fauna of the river, students will try to determine the water quality. Along with biological indicators students will measure the pH levels, oxygen content, temperature of the test area, and phosphate presence. It is hoped that from this information along with other abiotic factors such as industry, and chemical leaching that the students will determine the water quality in the test areas and the possible impact on the river system. Students will add to the data base already posted and make comparisons.
The science textbook Science Directions 9 uses an activity based approach in the belief that through "hands on" students will not only learn but retain the relevant information. This particular topic integrates well with the Environmental Quality unit of the curriculum as well as serving for the basis of the independent study project required as part of the core curriculum.
As the students will not only have to write a report but will have to present both orally and visually their findings to others, it fits in with the public speaking aspect of our Language Arts program.
These outcomes are tied closely to the Provincial Curriculum Goals which include:
This project is curriculum focused and the General Curriculum Outcomes for Technology Education are widely addressed. Through the use of computers and the Stellar Internet connection students will come to understand that computers have become invaluable in science because they speed up and extend people's ability to collect, store, compile, and analyze data, prepare research reports and share data and findings on a local, regional, and global level. Students will be involved in a collaborative on-line activity. This project will enable students to become part of the technological evolution rather than passive receivers.
Access to the Stellar Schools Internet connection will enhance this project by enabling the students to post their information on the Internet and compare their results with similar projects of other students on the local, regional. and global level. It will allow students to use high speed cable access to the latest in communication technology. It will enable students to become involved in a collaborative on-line activity and add to a data base already set up. Having Internet access available through Windows NT server would bring a new emphasis to students' learning activities and to our computer lab (LAN).
A Digital Video Camera(video clips) /or Digital Still Camera(still photos)
Project such as this, using the new technology, will bring a new interest and emphasis to students' learning activities.