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Splash Science Lab Program Overview

Activity Station Overview

(You select 3 of the 4 options for your site visit)

  • Watershed Model

    • Students will identify and categorize common contaminants into point source or non-point source pollution.  They will determine the origin for these pollutants and add them to the model.  Students will assist in the creation of a rain event to move the standing pollution through the watershed.  They will learn the differences between our storm drain and sewer systems.
  • Water Quality
    • Students will test 4 factors of a water sample from a local source.  They will analyze dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature, and salinity in order to determine if they are within their ideal ranges. They will also hypothesize the cause for any shift in range and its possible effect on the biosphere.

  • Microscope Investigationstudent with microscope.jpg

    • Student will identify and count microscopic organisms in both prepared and live samples, to understand the patterns of interaction/relationships between them.  They will investigate the effects of commons pollutants within a water sample. They will discover which types of organisms are good indicators of pollution.

  • Life Around An Estuary

    • Students examine the relationships and interdependency of animals within an estuary.  They will see how pollution can travel through the food web from smaller organisms to large predators.  They will hypothesize how pollution might affect these relationships and alter the balance within the ecosystem. 

students examining a skull at Estuary Station.jpg