Green Up and Green Down and Macroinvertebrates at Alexander Dawson School

Organization(s):Alexander Dawson School
Grade Level:Upper Primary (grades 3-5, ages 8-11)
GLOBE Teacher(s):$user.getFullName() (inactive)
Report Type(s):Standard Research Report
Date Submitted:05/09/2012

The 8th grade Earth Science classes at the Alexander Dawson School have completed a the Learning 2 Research Project through the GLOBE Program. We observed vegetation and macro - invertebrate species during the fall and spring of the 2011 - 2012 school year. These could be indicator species of climate change if the data was collected for at least 30 years


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Looking forward to seeing your data over the upcoming years! I'm curious to know if the macroinvertebrate population is always the most diverse in the spring?

Posted on 5/11/12 7:05 PM.

From Palmer High School (Cheryl Williams) -

"Bill, it was fun to hear about what your students did. I'm going to show your video to my students so they can see students in CO doing similar studies. Hopefully we can get the latitude/altitude comparative study started up next year. Are you still interested?"

Posted on 5/15/12 5:00 PM.

From the students of the Montessori Academy of North Texas -

"We really enjoyed your video. We would like to have seen an explanation for the charts. We also would have like to see more participation from the other students. Overall, great project! "

Posted on 5/15/12 9:04 PM.

From a student at West Haven High School -

"I thought that using local macroinvertebrates that live in the creek was an effective and creative way to study water quality. Identifying different species as being sensitive, intermediate, and tolerant to changes in water quality made the data easy to follow and understand for a person, such as myself, who is not familiar with the project. The precedure was explained very clearly, and I was able to follow the process from start to finish without any problems. My biggest question regarding this project is as follows: Would you be able to expand your procedure for testing water quality and use it to test other types of ecosystems? For example, just as you used indicator species to determine water quality, could you use terrestrial indicator species to determine soil or air quality? If so, that could be a follow up step for this project. All in all, thank you for presenting a well thought project filled with useful information. "

Posted on 5/17/12 6:11 PM.

From a student at West Haven High School-
"This was a very well done video that definitely showed the work put into the assignment and the amounts of data collected, which is hard to present through a research paper alone so your use of a video and pictures brought a face to the project. I do want to comment that there should have been more explanation of each of the charts that were shown. In addition, the Green Up/Green Down process should have been described with the testing methods to allow viewers to truly understand what must be done to get this data. The point of these projects is to bring awareness to the Earth's problems so I think to really express that importance, the rest of the testing group should have been involved in the video rather than one student presenting the project. I did respect the macro-invertebrate part of the project, though, because it showed dedication to finding any and all problems of the water, even if one part of the experiment was unsuccessful. So, I highly suggest more commentary on the data and testing process. I also highly suggest more group teamwork to be seen in the video. Excellent, excellent video and I hope your future research does improve when it comes to the leaf part of the experiment. "

Posted on 5/18/12 4:09 PM.

A student at West Haven High School-

"The school I saw was Alexander Dawson School in Lafayette, CO. There project was about Green Up/Green Down and Macroinvertebrates. I thought the video was very entertaining. The video started off with music, which put me in a great mood. When 8th grader ,Justin, began speaking he had a clear and distinctive voice. However, I would have liked to see Justin make more eye contact into the camera just to make it feel as though he has an audience watching him. I also liked that there was beautiful pictures of the site that they did the experiment on. I also liked that the data was shown in the video. the fact that you guys have been keeping data for a year shows that you are really consistent in your findings and indicates that the results are accurate. I like the fact that you incorporated an actual video of you doing the experiemnt. One thing that I would change about the video is to have other people talk throughout the video and provide more information. I feel that more people talking in the video would make it seem as though it was a real group effort and not one person. Overall, the video was excellent and you should thank you teacher Bill Meyers for an incredible experience and you guys for putting that much hard work and effort into a project."

Posted on 5/18/12 4:09 PM.

From a student at West Haven High School-

"My comment: The information you shared are very interesting. Did your group test to see if the pollution-tolerant organisms can survive on non-polluted waters? How can the organisms affect the change in climate?"

Posted on 5/18/12 4:11 PM.

From a student at West Haven High School -

"Great job, the presentation was very informative! Speaking of macrovertebrates, do you think there could be other environmental factors playing a role on which living organisms are occupying the creek?"

Posted on 5/18/12 4:38 PM.

From a student at West Haven High School -

"The Green Down idea is very beneficial because it can indicate a change in climate. Also the organisms that you observed indicate pollution because some organisms may be able to handle the pollution and others cant (indicator species). This project is very beneficial universally, I remember doing some invertebrate climate research as a freshmen with Yale Universities Project Search Program. I'm going to recommend to Mr. Dickson that he use it in coordination with the GLOBE program as well. Excellent Job and thanks for your research!"

Posted on 5/21/12 5:43 PM.

From the students of Estes Park Middle School -

"We were teamed up with the Dawson School for the GLOBE project. We noticed that our leaf drop during Green Down was really fast in Estes Park, CO compared to Lafayette, CO. Our aspen leaves dropped over a 2 day period (Oct 17-18, 2012). Maybe this is because we didn't have the same tree species to compare (no cottownoods in our area). We're still doing Green Up, our budburst date for our aspens was April 16, 2012 when did budburst happen at your school?"

Posted on 5/21/12 7:10 PM.

From a student at West Haven High School -

"The data showed in the presentation was very organized. What was great about this presentation was that it includes long-term goals for the relatively new research which is vital in any research young or old. Overall, I found the green up and green down methods and the macroinvertebrates relating to pollution very interesting. The seasonal sampling of the macroinvertebrates charts were great at breaking down the data. Moreover, the finding that perhaps higher street floods are contributing to greater spring diversity is very intelligent. Great Job! P.S. The music in the background was great!"

Posted on 5/21/12 7:14 PM.