For the 2014-2015 academic year, the State High chapter of TeenShale Network expanded the water quality monitoring program to include one additional site instrumented by their own science faculty with guidance from the Penn State research team. The students were taught to measure discharge, to collect samples for chemical analyses, and to download data from sensors continuously monitoring atmospheric and stream parameters. The Black Moshannon State Park offers a controlled environmental end-member for monitoring water quality parameters; while the second location, Black Moshannon Creek at Gorton Road, offers a snapshot of the creek further downstream where anthropogenic influences are present. Results of their investigations where presented during the Shale Network Annual Workshop and the SSHCZO All Hands Annual Meeting. The students also engaged in science writing, producing a student byline article describing the project and take home message from the students to the public, which will release in the Centre Daily Times on June 7, 2015.
Update: the student byline article may be accessed here: Focus on Research: Hands-on project monitors water quality, By Hannah Good, Emily Redmond and Valeria Soler Pelaez
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