The Qwest Foundation today announced a grant of $10,000 to Cascade Middle School teacher Scott Weide. The funds will allow Weide to purchase new technology so that his students will be able to determine Olson Creek’s viability for salmon habitat.
“In my vision, students are outside, scientifically observing their local community, recording observations digitally, formulating ideas and then sharing them through digital media,” said Weide. “These experiences will generate a passion for investigation that lasts a lifetime and a thirst for understanding beyond the classroom door.”
With the technology, students will study different aspects of the creek including temperature, stream flow, dissolved oxygen, pH, turbidity and nitrates. Teams will develop a specific investigation, record data, share what they learned and then develop a real-world research proposal that answers the question: “Can Olson Creek support a salmon habitat?”
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