What is this project called again?
The formal title of the grant is “Data to Action: A Secondary School-Based Citizen Science Project to Address Arsenic Contamination of Well Water”. Informally, we refer to it as “All About Arsenic”, hence the title of this website.
- Teachers will integrate monitoring well water for arsenic into new or existing watershed curriculum.
- Students will collect well water from their tap and/or distribute project information and water collection containers to community members.
- Teachers will ship samples to the Trace Element Analysis Core at Dartmouth and receive data in return.
- Parents/community members will receive data reports on their samples; anonymous data will be uploaded into our online data portal, Anecdata.org.
- Students will learn to use Tuva Data Literacy software to interpret and display data for sharing with their communities.
- Teachers and students will host a public meeting and share data with parents and community members.
- Scientist Partners are encouraged to participate at every level, particularly with data analysis.
What’s my scientist-partner supposed to do?
As teachers implement citizen science projects in their classrooms, they will work with local scientists recruited mostly from Maine and New Hampshire IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) partner institutions. Teachers and Scientist Partners will work together to understand the results of well water monitoring and translate their findings into local action. At the end of the grant period, we hope to have established STEM Satellite Centers supporting long-term relationships that inspire generations of students to be critical thinkers and consider careers in science, medicine, or public health.
You and your scientist-partner are resources for each other. You should work together to carry out a successful citizen science project around arsenic in drinking water. Some collaboration suggestions:
- Invite your scientist-partner into the classroom to talk about their career and explain their research in terms students understand. This can inspire students to pursue careers in STEM.
- Work together to design an activity or experiment related to groundwater contamination and/or data.
- Communicate using the forum.
- Analyze the data using Tuva as a jumping off point.
- Plan an effective Community Meeting in which students share their data and analyses, public health information related to arsenic and drinking water contamination, and mitigation resources.
What’s with all the different websites?
We know it’s a lot, but each site has a different purpose:
1) All About Arsenic has curriculum ideas, sample collection instructions, resources for samplers, and links to Tuva and Anecdata.
2) Anecdata.org is a citizen science platform used to collect, manage, and share data. Each sample that’s collected as part of the project is registered on Anecdata, anonymized, and added to a dataset that can be used for analysis. Individuals can look up their well water test results on Anecdata by searching for their sample number.
3) Tuva is a data literacy site that offers lessons, curriculum activities, and loads of datasets for teachers and students to play with. Additionally, all the arsenic data is being downloaded from Anecdata and uploaded to Tuva on an All About Arsenic-specific platform just for students and teachers involved in the SEPA grant.
4) Lab Central has workspaces that allow participants to create or join forum discussions, share pictures, and make announcements.