Project 1: An Aquatic Ecosystem Analysis
This project is a joint venture of Regina High School and Herdman Collegiate using Biology 3201 classes. Regina High School will evaluate Bells Brook and Herdman Collegiate will assess the health of Corner Brook Stream. In the case of Regina High School, I have taken one of my Biology 3201 classes and asked them to conduct an ecosystem analysis of Bells Brook, a local river that runs though the city of Corner Brook.
The class was divided into teams of two or more, each with a specific responsibility within the ecosystem analysis. The teams are:
The teams conducted four sample periods starting in September. Analysis was done on site and in the laboratory following the site visit.
Each team will submit a written report of their findings with an interpretation on the health of the river. All teams will then discuss their findings with each other and the project group will have to submit a final group report with recommendations.
The final phase of the project will have both project groups from Regina High School and Herdman Collegiate to get tother to discuss their findings.
When this project was conceived, it had the intent of:
Within the school, these students will overlap with other curriculum areas while doing this project. In addition to the Biology 3201 course, the students will apply some of their knowledge to:
Chemistry 3200 - the dissolved oxygen test uses the Winkler Method which requires a very precise titration. The pH test requires the knowledge of acids and bases and how this relates to a river ecosystem.
Computer Applications - The pH test has to be completed using Vernier software which requires knowledge in the operation of a Windows operating environment.
World Geography - river flow rates and bottom sediment.
Religion - sense of community and stewardship
Mathematics & Physics - flow rates
In the write-up phase of the team reports, the Internet will be a valuable source of information because:
Throughout this project, the school library and the local university library will be utilized for further research material. Local experts in the community have already been contacted and are willing to assist the students where possible in the interpretation of data.
Field guides for macro invertebrates and plants have been provided by local and provincial organizations to assist the teams in their identification process.
The intent of this project is to provide to this group of students a connection between the academic and its application to the ecosystem. In the process, the project would like to develop a sense of stewardship for the river and the team work that is required for them to complete a meaningful project. In that sense, the project will be evaluated in two ways: