High School Students
Met Sacramento High School
This group visited snowy Donner Summit in the end of March to conduct experiments around the Sierra Snowpack and how patterns in snow melt affect water availability in California.
San Francisco University High School
In late September, this A.P. Environmental Studies conducted research projects around the recently drain Van Norden Lake and the surrounding ecosystem. Their projects included questions related to water and soil nutrients, amphibians, aquatic insects, and the affect human impact can have on aquatic ecosystems.
Wooster High School
In August students from the Earl Wooster High School I.B. Biology class conducted research projects on water quality in a section of the Truckee River near their school.
Met Sacramento High School
In early June 21 students from the Met Sacramento High School joined us for a three day program. The students were focused on environmental chemistry and specifically, pH. They spilt into 4 groups that studied human impact on the pH of natural water ways, the effects of forest ash on water pH, and how soil chemistry and pH effects the trees that can grow.
Green Fields School
In March 11 students from the Green Fields school in Tuscan joined us for 5 days. The students were focused on snow science projects. They split into three groups to study pollutants, snowfall, snow settling, and snow density.
We had a group of Quarry Lane High School Students who did a great job on a project on soil and growing conditions using Lodgepole Pine trees. They made a fun presentation that is public on Prezi. Check out this link.
Take a look at these project presentations from the AP Environmental Science students at San Francisco University High, during a three day program this fall with HSI:
Truckee High School
Truckee High School‘s River Ecology Class stepped up their biology survey techniques by investigating soil quality, wetland organisms, birds, and water quality above and below Norden Dam in Soda Springs. After a day in the field they used class time to analyze their data and make these great presentations:
Middle School Students
Student Driven Research isn’t just for older high schoolers!
North Lake Tahoe Middle School
In June of 2016 Headwaters did a 3 day program with 6th graders from North Lake Tahoe Middle School. Their program was very short because they had to fit their entire projects into three days with only two 45 minute class periods each day. They did a great job in a short amount of time. The students did poster presentations instead of Power Point presentations. They also made a great video about their projects. Check it out here.
Check out these great presentations by middle school students from the Quarry Lane School. They did a 5 day program that allowed the students to work hard and produce great results. The students had a wide array of topics and all were able to learn some new statistics while they were analyzing their data.
Squaw Valley Prep
Check out these projects the 2014 Squaw Valley Prep 7th & 8th graders produced in three days:
The first project was on Toad Habitat. The students wanted to understand how the drought was potentially affecting toad habitat in Van Norden Meadow. Check out their powerpoint:
Another group studied water percolation in the meadow. They compared the different layers of meadow soils to see how percolation rates differed for different soil types.
The last group managed to pull off two projects in just three days! They compared the stickiness of sap among local tree species and tried to figure out what that meant for tree protection; their second project compared both toad size and the number of macro-invertebrates in the meadow between the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
Remember, these student-created presentations were the culmination of three days worth of making observations, asking questions, and collecting and analyzing data. Not bad for middle schoolers!