Do you know how to measure the speed of a stream flow? Our environmental science does!
On October 13th they went on a field trip to try and determine the velocity of the stream flow. Students worked with meter tapes, balls, stop watches and meter sticks to gather data that will enable them to calculate stream flow. They were practicing the “Ball Drop Method” which uses the protocol established by the USGS (United State Geological Services). This is an accepted stream measuring protocol, which is used in gathering baseline date in environmental investigations throughout the world. Students designed this field trip investigation in class, and then efficiently used their 35 minutes in the field to gather appropriate data.
By Marta Branch (Grades 6-12 STEM teacher)