Students are to research "eyesonthebay.net" and study the chemistry of a local tributary to the Chesapeake Bay. They should research possible causes of pollution/chemistry of area. A field site will be selected once they have researched several locales on the Bay.

Objectives 
Research areas proximate to the school
Select a field location to be utilized later

Materials 
Computer Lab Area with internet access
Students in cooperative groups of 24 students

Procedure 
Take students to computer lab and have them explore "Eyesonthebay.net" Students should select a tributary close to them, and compare the chemistry of this area with at least 2 other rivers/tributaries/parts of the bay. Draw conclusions as to the differences/similarities observed in bay chemistry. This may be a thinkpairshare, or a group activity at the end of class. Students should select a site that is feasible for them to travel to so that they may deploy a device (covered later) and monitor this site. 
References 

State
Standards 
1.2.1 The student will identify meaningful, answerable scientific questions.
1.2.2 The student will pose meaningful, answerable scientific questions.(NTB)
1.4.1 The student will organize data appropriately using techniques such as tables, graphs, and webs (for graphs: axes labeled with appropriate quantities, appropriate units on axes, axes labeled with appropriate intervals, independent and dependent variables on correct axes, appropriate title).
1.4.2 The student will analyze data to make predictions, decisions, or draw conclusions.
1.4.4 The student will determine the relationships between quantities and develop the mathematical model that describes these relationships.

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