Reflection: Real World Applications Environmental Engineers: Data Analysis and Inventions - Section 5: Gathering Data at a Local River


Protecting the environment and engineering are two areas that so many organizations are ready to invest money in.  I realize that getting the materials for this field trip is expensive. My advice for you is to find available grants and apply! People will be excited to fund this project. Please do not let the cost be the factor that prevents you from implementing this!

I have included the grant application I wrote to fund this project just in case it will help you. Keep in mind that when I wrote this grant, I wrote it for our entire 7th grade...over 400 students. I wanted every student in the 7th grade to experience this and so I planned this trip for the entire class. If you were writing a grant only for your students, the dollar figure would need to be much less.  In addition, when searching for grants you could write, consider partnering with local organizations.  Collaborations (partnerships) with organizations up your chances of obtaining a grant.  For example, my local regional watershed council and a local university professor offered to partner with me in writing a grant in the future to supplement the consumables that we have used each year.  Check out your local universities and organizations that have goals that deal with water quality.  Then, ask them to help!  They will have ideas of grants that are out there and may even be willing to join you in writing the grant!

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Environmental Engineers: Data Analysis and Inventions

Unit 10: Human Impacts: Hydrosphere
Lesson 4 of 4

Objective: Students will be able to apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.

Big Idea: Students travel to a local river to perform water quality tests. Then, they write a call to action to the City Council and present their findings to create change!

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Science, hydrosphere, dissolved oxygen, nitrates, watershed, middle school, pollution, water quality, point source pollution, phosphates, fecal coliform, non point source pollution, field trip, engineering
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