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MONITORING THE QUALITY OF WATER AT RILEY SCHOOL




Rockport’s Riley School was awarded S.E.A. funding for water monitoring

equipment to be used in the school’s hands-on science program, which

emphases collecting and interpreting scientific data.

“At Riley School we’ve always encouraged children to have a voice in their

education, and what better way to give them a voice than to have them be

citizen scientists,” says the Riley School’s Alicia Calder.

Using the equipment, which includes water monitoring kits, refractometers to

measure salinity, and various filter equipment, students will learn valuable

scientific skills throughout the year They will measure the water quality in the

school’s campus pond and stream, as well as by measuring water quality and

sampling for micro-plastics in Glenn Cove.

“It’s our hope that as the children participate in these citizen science activities

they’ll feel empowered to make a difference in their communities,” says Calder.

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