What is REACH 4Schools?
3RQ REACH 4Schools (R4S) is an educational framework that engages students from grades 6 through university level in monitoring water quality within the Allegheny, Monongahela, and upper Ohio River Basins.
Middle and high school students who participate in the project become involved by collecting data, either continuous by deploying data loggers, and/or discrete by obtaining physical samples for chemical analysis.
Educators can use the data collected to teach their students in many ways and on many topics, such as general water quality, water chemistry, and chemistry as it relates to biology, aquatic biology, water sampling, environmental principles, ecology, data analysis, data entry, and database management.
3RQ launched REACH 4Schools (R4S) as a full program in mid-2017 with a grant from
the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Environmental Education
Grants Program. R4S will thus be engaged in six schools in western Pennsylvania
for two academic years with this funding. More funding is being sought to increase
the number of participating schools.
Ongoing support from 3RQ for participating R4S schools includes:
- Providing ideas to the school on how to integrate R4S activity into current curricula or afterschool programs;
- Providing partial reimbursement of transportation for 6 trips to and from a school’s sample site;
- Providing the use of a Platypus robotic boat at least once/year;
- Providing ability to share data between schools ;
- Providing a 4-part lecture series (EDTalks) on Stream Integrity designed specifically for middle to high schools students; and
- Hosting a water quality research conference for students to present their water quality projects and/or research, and to network with other students doing the same.
Schools – we are actively seeking additional funding to add more schools to our R4S program – let us know if you are interested!