Middle School Winner
Vista Magnet Middle School
Donna’s students create solutions to simulated and real problems using STEM elements. In one such investigation, students identify liquid waste from an imaginary metal plating company. They use the SPARK SLS and sensors to determine characteristics of the water such as temperature and pH. Once the liquid is identified, students apply their knowledge of concentration, neutralization, and precipitation to develop procedures for cleaning up the waste. The students then apply this knowledge by collecting data, using the same technology, from a local creek, to analyze water quality. Over several months, students use their real-world data to note trends and propose explanations.