Sparking Interest in Science Investigations

Riparian Habitat Exploration, Water Quality and Macroinvertebrates
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Field opportunities ignite a passion for science and the environment. This is the case for Pusch Ridge Academy high school student, Rachel Nehrmeyer. Armed with Arizona Project WET (APW) equipment and lessons, Rachel performed biological and chemical sampling of Tucson waterways for the past two years to assess the health of the system. Her work received two awards at the recent Southern AZ Regional Science & Engineering Fair and a third award at the AZ Science & Engineering Fair. Speaking of her field investigation, Rachel said, “Water testing was a good experience. I loved being out in the field and learning about the environment.”

Statewide, APW provides opportunities for riparian exploration in a variety of programs. The Aqua STEM Program’s Riparian Habitat Exploration Unit was utilized to drive science investigations with 722 student scientists at the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area and Hassayampa River Preserve. The Tucson Education Program engages 3,500 students at Sweetwater Wetlands each year through 3rd grade field trips and Discovery Program journeys for 6th – 12th grade students. APW recently partnered with Pima County to engage 400 students in water quality investigations on the Santa Cruz River as part of the Living River of Words program.  Rachel is just one of many students who is benefitting from APW-driven field studies.  We are helping to create our next generation of scientists.

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