Crestwood 2008

Because the Crestwood 2008 group was had eight students, we wanted to complete a larger project. Our main goal was to educate as many people in our community on the effects of human activity on the environment. In order to carry out this task, we divided our project into four main parts. 1. Teaching freshmen physical science classes: Imitating the teaching style of ISLS, the lesson included a basic presentation on pH followed by a trip down to the Cuyahoga River. Using Vernier LabQuests with pH probes, we were able to demonstrate the practical application and the impact of pH on a water system. This was by far the most successful of our learning objects. We used the data collected from student surveys on our poster presentation at the LLT conference in March 2008. 2. Teaching upperclassmen evironmental chemistry classes: Over the course of three days, we assisted students in collecting macroinvertebrates to determine water quality. This included at brief ten-minute presentation on the importance of the organisms and collection procedures, followed by a day of collection, and a day of identification. Collection occured once in September and once in May. 3. Community outreach: We attempted to involve the members of our community through the formation of the Cuyahoga Watershed Awareness Group (CWAG). Through multiple attempts, including attendance at the St. Joseph's Ox Roast Fair and the Mantua Potato Festival, our efforts proved unsuccessful. CWAG was disbanded in late September. After the dissolution of CWAG, our group still hoped to involve community members but realized that we had to change our audience. We soon turned to Crestwood Middle School. CMS administrators hoped to start an afterschool science club and our learning community saw this as an opportunity. After some difficulty starting, we formed an afterschool science club focused on educating students grade five through eight. Though we had a few students return every week, the group never really took off, and by March this too was shut down. 4. Technology and database development: Our group hoped to have a place where science classes that investigated the Cuyahoga could deposit data. This would enable us to track changes and trends in our local environment. Though our members struggled to find parts, the server was completed in February, but was rejected by our school's IT department. Link to school site