Harper Park Students Take Lab Work Out of the Classroom

Sixth grade science students atHarper Park Middle School got some experience in the field this week, learning more about the water quality in Goose Creek and the Potomac River.

The classes—about 250 students in all—were transported to Confluence Park in River Creek on Monday and Tuesday to take and test water samples and learn about various parts of the ecosystem where the two waterways meet.

“Think about a drop of water that lands at Harper Park. It can travel to our little creek out front, into Goose Creek, flow down here to the Potomac and then into the Chesapeake Bay,” science teacherJenny Kilmartin told her students during a Monday morning session, noting that plastics and other pollutants will follow the same path.

The program was offered in partnership with members of River Creek’s Confluence Park Committee, with some even jumping in to help the students conduct their tests and explained their efforts to improve the park’s environment with plantings of native plants and erosion controls.

            Teacher Muditha Karunaratne said the exercise helped the students make meaningful connections to the world around them and should be an experience that will stay with them forever. 

“The water quality results were excellent. All the levels were either at the ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’ level, which is great news for the Chesapeake Bay,” Karunaratne said.

Harper Park Middle School Teacher Jenny Kilmartin provides instructions to members of her sixth grade
Harper Park Middle School Teacher Jenny Kilmartin provides instructions to members of her sixth grade

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