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During the Streamwatch workshop pupils investigate freshwater creatures and pollution indicators, using a range of scientific equipment, chemical testing kits and pictorial creature keys. This workshop is dependent upon the availability of a water source at school.
Not just a pond dip! Streamwatch delves further into what the freshwater creatures are and why they are there. Working scientifically, pupils test the chemical makeup of the water (including oxygen, pH, turbidity levels) and analyse the pollution indicators. They take measurements using field equipment and record results of the chemical and creature samples.
A truely hands on fun science day, where pupils often do not realise they are ‘doing’ science!
All our workshops are fully risk assessed and all necessary materials and equipment are provided for all the children.
The advanced Streamwatch workshop is a very popular for Key Stage 3 and 4, supporting learners working towards Science modules and GCSE coursework.
Learners monitor watercourses using chemical testing kits with a focus on pollution and the impact of the changing climate on freshwater biodiversity.
Water samples from your school grounds are collected, invertebrates are gathered and then used to identify pollution indicators, how the local community affects the immediate watercourses and the wider implications of climate change upon our environment.
The programme is designed to stimulate learners, promote the role of careers in the water and environment industry and encourage the study of science and engineering. Health & safety and risk assessment activities can also be incorporated in to the days study.
Learners carry out investigative work and this is often used towards their programme of study.
We cater for up to 20 learners and provide all materials required for a full days study.
Visit our Workshops for Schools page for more information about the groups and learners we work with.