K-12 Student Investigations with SoundCitizen

If you gave classrooms throughout the Salish Sea an opportunity to sample for evidence of human impacts, where would they go?

As part of our collaboration on curriculum development with COSEE-OLC and the UW Institute for Science and Mathematics Education, classrooms using the My Place in Puget Sound curriculum piloted a sampling strategy with us during the last week of September.  During the My Place summer workshop, educators expressed an interest in coordinating their sampling in spite of the geographic and disciplinary distances between them.

Students proposed sites that would show different evidence of human impacts.  Reasons for choosing particular sites included how frequently students visit the site outside of school, their interest in the impacts of industry and urban development and often included connections to other classroom projects like investigating salmon spawning habitat.

A map showing where My Place in Puget Sound classrooms collected samples

My Place in Puget Sound classroom sample sites

You can learn more about the results of the students’ work by downloading the research report, which summarizes classroom findings or by visiting an interactive map with more information.

Teachers will be able to incorporate their students’ findings about small concentrations of everyday household chemicals like caffeine¬† into their classrooms and SoundCitizen will learn more about how data and the opportunity to sample can be used by educators as we scale up classroom sampling and partnerships in 2013!