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Splash Science Mobile Laboratory Program Overview

​Students will have the opportunity to become experts in one of the following areas: kids in front of splash.jpg

  • Storm Drains

    • Researchers at this station will study how pollution around their neighborhood travels through the watershed to our local estuaries and ocean. They will learn the differences between our storm drain and sewer systems and investigate what happens with the water that flows through each.
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    • At this station students will use microscopes to investigate and study the effects of two of the five main pollutants of concern (bacteria and nutrients) in our estuaries and ocean. They will discover the types of organisms that are good indicators of pollution.
  • Geographical Information Systems

    • This station focuses on the different watersheds in San Diego County. Students will learn how geography in San Diego has changed over time. They will discover how urbanization and the creation of the storm drain system has changed the natural topography and water flow in their local watershed. 
  • Water Quality

    • Students at this station will explore the ways humans impact the quality of our water resources and consider ways to avoid further pollution. Students will perform chemical, salinity, and turbidity tests to determine what types of pollution are affecting the estuaries in San Diego County.
  • Water Conservation

    • Through activity and demonstration, students will discover that all living things need fresh water and that people have a direct affect on the availability and quality of water.
    • Students will discover where San Diego's water comes from and ways in which they can prevent water waste in their community. Parent volunteers will have an opportunity to join in the fun and help us to teach this station.

  • Life Around The Estuary

    • Students will research how pollution traveling through our watershed ends up in our local estuaries. They will discover the role they play in protecting these habitats. They will investigate how this pollution is effecting the plants and animals that live there as well as the important role that humans play in protecting this habitat.
    • Not only will each student learn about one area, every student will rotate through each station and be given an overview of the other activities and experiments conducted that day

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