This grant funded the purchase of a plankton net, plankton counting slides, and cover slips for use in the Ecology Unit in BHS Regents-level Biology courses and as part of a weekly program of stream sampling in the new Environmental Science course.
Thanks in part to recent grants from the Brighton Education Fund, the BHS Science Department is equipped to measure a variety of physical, chemical, and biological parameters of water quality. As part of the the curriculum of the new Environmental Science course, students have embarked on a program of weekly water tests in nearby Buckland Creek. This sampling program provides students with:
Adding plankton counts to the student repertoire provides another method of assessing short-term changes in biological parameters of water quality. Students were already able to sample bottom-dwelling organisms, but the equipment funded by this grant will enable a more time-averaged measure of water quality. Algae -- particularly planktonic algae -- are a sensitive indicator of environmental change.
Students will use this equipment in conjunction with the following course work and extra-curricular opportunities:
story by George Smith
October 27, 2001