Students Test the Waters in the Science Field

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LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) The next generation of Environmental scientists were hard at work Monday in Luzerne County at a camp that teaches them how to analyze the world around them. Meteorologist Dave Caulfield checked out the environmental experiments today.

Creek temperatures in the 60s didn’t stop curious campers from wading into the water in Luzerne Monday.
But they’re not cooling off–they’re collecting valuable data from toby’s creek
 
“they’re going to be measuring the amount of water that’s in the stream, and how much is discharging, so they’re going to be measuring the water velocity and volume of water.” Said Julie McMonagle, Professor Environmental Science Day Camp.

 Not only that, students are testing the air and water quality of the local environment.
From anemometers to turbidity meters–many instruments and tools are used to help get a handle of the health of the air and stream.
The hands-on learning is perfect for 12th grader Kaitlyn Bigos who wants to become an environmental engineer one day.

 
“I thought it was really cool to see how they measure the flow of water through creeks, I didn’t know how that was actually possible.” Said Kaitlyn Bigos

 
For Joshua Kalada-Kania , the three day camp is a fun way to further his knowledge.
To see fellow environmental Einstein working together is really special.
 
“I really do enjoy seeing people my age taking an interest in the environment, I don’t think that’s something that many people do today, so seeing these people out here, and being friends with them, i think it’s a great thing. ” 
 
About 20 students are participating in the program, hosted  by Wilkes University.
They’ll head to Francis Slocum State Park on Tuesday and Nesbitt Park on Wednesday
Comparing their measurements to see the impact of land use or development on air and water quality.

Learn more at www.wilkes.edu.
 

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