It may surprise some New Jerseyans to know that farming is still crucial to the economy of the Garden State. And they may not realize how the quality of our state’s groundwater supply affects agriculture. But in the North Brunswick School District (Middlesex County), middle and high school students will work together to address this critical concern. Thanks to a $7,900 grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education, teacher Danita C. Guarino will provide her students with a clearer understanding of the scientific process while addressing the N.J. Core Curriculum Content Standards.
Through the New Jersey Ground Water Study, students from two different schools and grade levels will work together to explore the effects of ground water in our regional watershed on the growth of tomatoes. The groundwater will be collected from various locations identified by the New Jersey Watershed Protection Management Project.
Using video-conferencing, the students will engage in collaborative dialogue throughout the project and share ideas with community mentors. They will also develop their creativity and innovation as they attempt to grow hearty produce and identify water pollutants that affect growth using a variety of testing kits and high technology probes.
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