Students at Union Springs High School were able to take what they’re learning in the classroom and apply it on the waters of Seneca Lake.
Students in Roberta Palmiotto’s class were able to participate in "Science on Seneca," a program sponsored by Hobart and William Smith Colleges that allows students to do water testing on Seneca Lake.
“The student results are added to the database at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. They have over 25 years of data about the dissolved oxygen, chloride concentration, pH and types of algae and plankton that are present,” said Palmiotto.
Palmiotto said the experience is a unique opportunity for students to do "real" science that will be part of a permanent database.
“Accuracy is very important of course, so students practice some of the chemical testing before the trip," said Palmiotto. "I have done this trip for about 12 years with retired teacher Mr. John Murphy."