Northern Garrett High School juniors McKenna Houser and Hailey Moore presented a poster entitled “Fingerprinting Sources of Nitrogen Pollution on Schoolyards in Western Maryland” at the Maryland Water Monitoring Council (MWMC) 23rd Annual Conference held at the Maritime Conference Center in North Linthicum on December 8, 2017.
The poster described a project in which the girls are involved through their Advanced Placement (AP) environmental science class called the Student, Teacher and Researcher (STAR) Nitrate Investigation, funded by NOAA-BWET. Environmental science classes in Garrett, Allegany, and Washington County participate in this local scientific investigation in collaboration with University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Appalachian Laboratory (UMCES-AL) scientists. With guidance from scientists and teachers, students worked in small groups to collect precipitation and runoff samples and answer research questions. They then discuss their findings with scientists to understand the role of western Maryland schools in nitrate pollution.
The STAR program has been in operation for three years. The girls presented data collected during year two. The MWMC student poster contest is open to high school and college undergraduate students. Houser and Moore where the only high school participants.
Northern High School students Hailey Moore and McKenna Houser, NHS teacher Rebecca Kenyon-Sisler, and Education Coordinator for Appalachian Laboratory Environmental Science Education (ALESE) Cassie Doty stand with a poster presenting information gathered during the 2016/17 school year through the STAR nitrate investigation. The poster was entered in the student poster contest at the Maryland Water Monitoring Council Annual Conference and presented by Moore and Houser.
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