On Monday, September 25th, the Grade 10 students from Maples Met had a fantastic educational camping trip to the Experimental Lakes Area in Ontario, just east of Kenora. In conjunction with the Grade 10s at the Seven Oaks Met, we made lots of memories and had many learning experiences.
We worked with the Deputy Director, Pauline Gerrard, to collect data related to water science in the lakes surrounding the facility. This included setting minnow traps, doing shoreline sweeps, and analysing data in the lab.
The students went to Experimental Lakes to expand their knowledge of different aspects of water, with the purpose of incorporating this knowledge into their future projects which will be presented to various Grade 8 students in January, when the Grade 10s host a water conference.
A big highlight of the trip for many students was the boat ride. Students were given the opportunity to examine the temperature and transparency of the water, as well as inspect the secchi depth and colour. A secchi disk is a tool for measuring these aspects of the water.
Overall, this was a great opportunity for students to learn more about water in a real life setting, as well as from actual scientists doing their own field research.
When asked, Angelica Placido said, “The Experimental Lakes trip was a really beneficial experience for me because as a learner I prefer being in the actual environment. I grasp the real life connections to the school based outcomes.”
Naasiha Alam said, “Those math questions that I never understood the reason for in the classroom; it felt like I was actually in one of them when we took the temperature of the different depths of the lake water as one of our learning experiences at ELA”
“I liked learning about how far you can actually see into the water with the secchi disk and taking the temperature of the different depths of the water. “ --Colby Jameson
“My favorite part of the trip was scooping up dirt and looking for bugs” Alexis Bezpalko
The Grade 10 students would like to thank Will Burton, Matt Henderson, and Pauline Gerrard for organizing this incredible experience. All the scientists and employees at the Experimental Lakes Area for giving this opportunity at this world class research facility. The chaperones, Matt, Michelle, Sara, Jane, Scott, Nancy and Peter, for taking care of us. The bus driver, for transporting us there and back safely. Finally, thank you to 7 Oaks School Division, for supporting this trip.
Written by: Angelica Placido and Naasiha Alam