Looking for an engaging ecosystem activity for high school students?
This "Saving Thor Lake: A Study of Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Human Impact Kit" will put high school students at the center of solving an ecosystem/biodiversity crisis in a fictitious polluted lake. The realistic scenario presented in this science kit emphasizes biodiversity's role in maintaining ecosystem health, and the lab as a whole illustrates the complexity of many of our world's environmental issues.
With this exciting hands-on activity, students will become both scientists and engineers!
- As scientists, they will run tests to quantify the performance of a pollution clean-up solution
- As engineers, they will compare this solution to two others and propose an optimal design - all the while understanding that there is rarely a "perfect" solution to such complex problems
This ecosystem and biodiversity lab consists of two parts:
- Part 1: Introduction & hands-on study of Nitrate & Phosphate levels in treated & untreated samples
- Part 2: Evaluation & selection of an optimal project for maintaining Thor Lake biodiversity
This high school science lab kit encourages hands-on learning and in-class discussion, and is ideal for students in grades 9-11 (ages 14 - 17).
Looking for enough lab materials for up to 20 students? Check out our Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Human Impact Classroom Kit!
The Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Human Impact Kit Includes:
- 5 Nitrate Test Strips
- 5 Phosphate Test Strips
- 4 x 15 mL Test Tube with Cap
- Initial Sample
- Treated Sample 1
- Treated Sample 2
- Target Quality Sample
- 1 Pair of Gloves
- Student Worksheet (5 pages)
- Lab Manual (5 pages)
- Full-Color Teacher Guide (19 pages)
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