Splash! School Grants

Sarasota School of Arts & Science

1. Summary
If your grant includes a field program, please state the location you will be visiting and provide a summary of the field program.


To provide a hands-on inquiry experiences through which the students will learn about Florida’s hydrologic system, water quality, soil composition, and how their actions can affect a watershed. Students will become familiar with the concepts that water is a vital natural resource, everyone lives in a watershed and interacts with the watershed, and human along with natural influences affect our water systems including local rivers and streams. Students will also see the effects of pollution on these natural systems through the utilization of the groundwater model.
Students will determine current water quality using samples of area fresh and salt water resources via chemical & physical testing activities. Students was study soil porosity; its effect on groundwater flow, measuring the rate of water flow for each local soil type, and using their observations and tests results to gain a better understanding of runoff, watersheds, erosion and/or weathering, ground water formation and movement, and aquifers.



2. Activities
What activities will students complete throughout the grant? Remember the focus of your project must be on freshwater education. Will water savings be documented?


Students will participate in the following project activities:
•Hands-on activities to learn how to properly use scientific measuring equipment for testing water samples (student & teacher provided) and analysis of soil composition (student & teacher provided).
•Chemical and physical testing of various water samples (student & teacher provided) to determine overall water quality levels. Analyze samples of water for pH using both pH paper and a pH meter, dissolved oxygen, BOD, temperature, turbidity, nitrate, phosphate, color, odor, chlorine. Compare results with locally published water department analysis.
•Learn how to collect a sample of soil using a soil collection tube. After physically examining the soil texture from tube, students will separate the soil using screen sieves into components from pebbles to silt.
•Chemical testing measuring the pH, nitrate, phosphate, nutrients, porosity, and the rate of water flow for each type of soil. Using the Watershed Tour students will be introduced to stream and river ecosystems, learning about stream ecology, water quality, and impact of humans on system.
•Using stream table’s students will explore geologic principles and processes of streams, rivers, coastal areas and glaciations. They can learn how nature and human beings impact the flow and quality of Earth’s water supply.
•Design and test a method to compare how quickly water flows through the soils and shapes our world. Students will be able to compare the differences between erosion, deposition and weathering.
•Utilize leak detection tablets to test home toilets for water waste.
•Employ drip detection bags to determine student/family water usage, especially shower.
•View educational videos on the hydrologic cycle, Florida aquifer system, permeability of various soil types, and water pollution.
•Study the role mangrove forests and how they interact and protect the Florida estuary.
•Students will collect and conduct chemical and physical testing on water from Gulf of Mexico from inlet and mangrove areas. Differentiate among freshwater, brackish water, and saltwater ecosystems.
Students will collect water and conduct chemical and physical testing from Myakka River State Park. Students will be observing wetlands and freshwater areas.

Students will determine water quality using samples of local fresh water resources via testing activities. Students are encouraged to bring water samples from home for testing in order to learn about their particular water quality systems, whether county supplied through a public utility or from individual wells. This is hands-on learning lab reinforces how to handle scientific equipment, and record water quality measurements for pH, temperature, nitrogen, dissolved oxygen (DO), turbidity, salinity, and several minerals.
Students will learn soil permeability varies depending on the soil’s composition, as determined by measuring how quickly water passes through different types of soil.

With regard to documenting water savings, students will be able to calculate their own personal water savings using the data collected via their daily and weekly water usage. Each student will be responsible for logging this data.



3. Project Message
How will your projects message and/or lessons be shared with the greater school community, families or surrounding neighborhoods?




4. STEM Related
What STEM-related teaching strategies will be employed to actively engage students in water resources education?


Project budget

Item Cost Notes from SWFWMD staff
SG Hydrometer #76370
Specific gravity hydrometer
$84
Salinity refractometer #76273 STX-3
handheld salinity refractometer for field research.
$397
AM-12 TesTabs Water Investigation
Test water quality-12 test modules-for 6&7 grade in groups of 4.
$1150
Soil Test kit S17702
Measure soil's: N, P, K, & pH
$120
Refill-Tapwater testing for home or classroom
analyze the quality of water at home or in classroom. Can be used for student who miss part or all of the lab/fieldtrip due to illness or some other reason.
$260
Refill-Insta-check wilde range pH
refill-single color match for each pH value
$107
Refill-desktop modeling stream erosion & deposition kit
investigate the dynamics of stream erosion & depositional patterns
$72
Refill-various types soil, grades of sand, clay & rocks
Soil permeability studies & stream table investigations
$200
Shipping - various
$100

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