Our students Andrea Salellas and Gabriela Handall, along with their teacher mentor Marcel Torres, were selected to travel from June 12-18 to the state of Vermont to take an intensive training in management and water quality at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont.
As part of the training, the students attended a conference about lake and stream ecology, environmental policy and management, climate change indicator, water quality indicators and land use management. At the end of the training week, the students designed their research project in which they will be working during from July through February, in order to present the findings on March at the Vermont research symposium.
This year the students decided to focus on the area of environmental chemistry by performing water quality testing and the detecting heavy metals in two rivers in the San Juan area. On these rivers, the students and their teacher-mentor will perform tests to determine levels of phosphorus, nitrate, and total suspended solids. They will also perform a habitat assessment and a collection of macroinvertebrates.
This research work will help students see what was learned in the classroom and put it into practice on the investigation field. Today, and more than ever, science needs young people who are passionate about scientific investigation, and who focus that passion on the well-being of their community and the world. Thanks to this investigation we’ll be able to demonstrate the damage done by big constructions near rivers and its effect on people’s health.