My name is Ken Kure and am a Grade 8 Science Teacher at the Spruce View School. (within Chinooks Edge School Division). We are located about 45 minutes south west of Red Deer - a small rural K-12 school. As a class assignment I had all of my 25 grade 8 Science students submit awqa water testing results after they had tested a great number of streams and rivers in our area. I asked them to submit only one test per student even though most did a number of sites. I shared with them the fact that we were entering into a contest for some school science equipment as well as just providing data to you. All were very excited with this assignment and we spoke of it a great deal over the past couple of weeks as we worked our way through Chapter E - Fresh and Salt Water systems. We are all keeping our fingers crossed that we may get selected. We have a very small science budget and some additional equipment would be a great addition to our department.
This has been a very worthwhile project for our students as they develop skills in becoming good stewards of Alberta's precious water supplies - I certainly plan on doing more of this in the future with my science students.
I have attached a picture of our class performing water quality testing on June 07 at the Sturgeon river. We have 11 special needs high school students that participated. This was a great experience for them as we have discussed water in our science class and the importance of clean water to the environment. The kit was simple and easy for them to use and understand. This was a great experience for our class.
Life Skills Instructor
Sturgeon Composite High School
2006 Participant Feedback
Participants Rave about AWQA Day Experience!
Nearly 2,800 Albertans volunteered to sample water from local water bodies as part of the 2006 Alberta Water Quality Awareness Day program!
Here’s a quick look at why some of them are so keen to participate this year, too.
“We had a blast. We got in a boat and took samples from all over the lake. It got us talking about our lake, who’s using it and how. We’ve been coming out here for six years and have lived out here full-time for about a year. We know this lake is popular and we’d really like it to stay as beautiful as it is.”
Resident, Wizard Lake, near Calmar
“I think it’s a really useful educational tool. I have to conduct formal water tests for my job. These tests are easy to do and they give us a way to get children interested in their local water bodies. I hope to participate in Alberta Water Quality Awareness Day next year and to be able to include some local school kids in the program, too.”
Rural Extension Specialist, Wheatland County, Strathmore
“We learned about Alberta Water Quality Awareness Day from a display at the TELUS World of Science Centre (Calgary). My daughter and I tested water near our home in Tuscany (in north-west Calgary). It was a really good introduction to science and the tests were simple enough that she could figure out the ‘right answers’ on her own. The web site was really helpful, too.”
Dana Charlton, Parent, Calgary
“This is the second year I’ve made samples for Alberta Water Quality Awareness Day part of the wetland studies program we do with Grade 5 students. I’m in the field of environmental education and hands-on activities like this are a good way to get children involved in a deeper discussion of their environment and environmental stewardship.”
Visitor Services Specialist, Alberta Parks and Protected Areas, Lac La Biche
“We invited our employees and their families to sample water for AWQA Day as part of Albian’s Environment Week activities. This program first came to our attention at an Alberta Society of Professional Biologists’ Water Conference. I knew it would be a fun and educational exercise, promoting environmental awareness and understanding of water quality issues.. I was really impressed with the kits we received. They were simple to use, but effective. We definitely plan to do this again next year.”
Ainslie Campbell, Environment Specialist, Albian Sands Energy Inc., Fort McMurray
“We offer various outdoor education sessions for school groups from May to June and we were really pleased when we were sent extra kits so we could include water sampling in our environmental programs this year. This year, about 10 groups of students got to experience the sampling. It was a very good hands-on activity and we would do it again.”
Susann McGowan, Manager, Marketing and Special Projects, 4-H Foundation of Alberta, Westerose