Project Management

Project Overview

Materials List

Teachers will use their classroom award (invoice template below) to purchase 50 mL conical tubes, parafilm, envelopes, and whatever else you need to complete your project.

Informational Letter and Permissions

Please include a copy of the letter in the sampler packet. This informs samplers of the process, explains the project, talks about privacy, and asks for various permissions. The permission slip should be returned to you and mailed to Dylan Davis at Dartmouth College when sample collection is complete. 

Sample Registration

Sample registration is mandatory. Please walk your samplers through registration and double check to make sure every single sample you are shipping is registered. Names must be matched with sample numbers. Families cannot check their results without their registration. This is a matter of public health. If samplers are worried about maintaining privacy, contact

Collecting 50 mL Samples for Analysis at Dartmouth

The protocol below can be sent home with the tubes, informational letter, and magnet. It explains how to collect a sample.

Sample Tracking

Use this Excel sheet to keep track of who gets which sample number and if the sample is returned. This is very important for recording how many samples are run, where they come from, and helps if there is a missing registration. 

Shipping to Dartmouth College

When you’ve finished collecting samples, email us at for the shipping address and to send in your sample tracking.  Make sure the samples are completely wrapped in parafilm (around the outside) to prevent spills. Pack your samples as tightly as you can so they don’t roll around. You could put them in ziploc bags or stuff the remainder of your package with newsprint or bubble wrap. 

How to Check Results

Case Study

At the end of the project, you’ll write up a case study. Case studies will be posted on the website to help future teachers, will provide a record of the variety of curriculum and activities students took part in, and document the community meetings. Check out the Case Studies tab for a template.