Excited About Collaborative Learning
“The trip to Hanging Rock was my favorite lab because I like hiking. I also like seeing what we learn in class actually out in the world. For example, sand from the past today is quartzite through the process of metamorphosis, and it was cool to see that and identify it,” says Environmental Studies major Pippin Bucholtz ’23. “Getting off campus and seeing the things I learned about in class makes me more excited about what I’m learning and how it can actually be more useful.”
In one field study, students learned how to observe a stream, collect a representative sediment sample from the stream bed, measure stream velocity and discharge, measure TDS (total dissolved solids), pH, turbidity, and DO (dissolved oxygen) using various meters, and capture critters to identify the stream’s water quality.
“I hope students come away from this class with curiosity about their physical world and a sense of the deep connections between geology and environmental issues,” Marlene says. “I don't think I'll ever get tired of taking students out in the field. That’s when we really learn from each other, immersed in the excitement of exploring our earth.”
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