The stream program occurs throughout the months of September and October, and are available to grade 7 classes and other interested groups.
A limited number of programs are offered to grade 7 classes in SD68 free of charge as all fees for those classes are covered by the school district.
What to expect
The goal of NS3’s Stream health program is to combine chemistry and ecology to give students a good understanding of the many factors that contribute to stream health. During this program grade seven classes travel to Bowen Park, or a waterway close to their school, and look at both qualitative and quantitative ways to assess stream health.
- Measure dissolved oxygen content of stream water
- Determine turbidity of steam water
- Check the temperature of the stream
- Evaluate stream water pH
- Go on a nature walk to observe the flora and fauna present in riparian zones
- Use a dichotomous key to identify insect species found in the park
- Discuss what indicator species are, and how they can indicate stream health
Students use recorded data to calculate stream health. This experience is an opportunity for students to become familiar with using the scientific method, measuring and recording information using scientific instruments, and learning about local ecology.
As part of NS3’s stream health program students will:
- Observe, measure, and record data (qualitative and quantitative), using appropriate equipment.
- Use SI units and performance simple conversions.
- Represent relationships in data through tables and graphs.
- Ensure that safety and ethical guidelines are followed in their investigations.
- Experience and interpret the local environment.
- Make observations aimed at identifying their own questions about the natural world.