Loading

42°F

38°F

46°F

40°F

46°F

40°F

42°F

43°F

46°F
NEWS STORIES

Students Take Science OutsideSubmitted: 10/21/2011
Story By Michael Crusan

MERRILL - For these Prairie River Middle School students, working in the water beats sitting in a desk any day.

Dountae Degner says, "My favorite part about doing this today is probably being outside of the classroom."

Science teacher Lynn Kurth is using an instrument on loan from the EPA and says this rare opportunity shows the class the fun side of science,

"Actually being able to come out here and use the same instrument, that's real world application. That's so important."

Kurth says the most exciting part for the students is stepping out of the classroom and getting outside to have some real hands on science here in the Prairie River.

Student Grace Huftel says, "I'd say it's actually just about getting out and experimenting with earth and stuff, and the water. Just going out and doing the field work of science."

Kurth says, "Making science real life for them is so essential at the middle school level."

And the class is retaining this data well says Degner, "What it does is it takes different readings of the water levels. Such as, the dissolved oxygen, pH levels, it takes the temperature and stuff like that."

But what do all these numbers mean once they're calculated?

Kurth has the answer, "Looking at the data today, the Prairie River is healthy. We're looking at the parameters of what I'd expect to see as far as the readings, pH level, dissolved oxygen for this time of year. I think we're in good shape."

Something students like Huftel already had a hunch about before testing these waters, "Yeah it's different than what I thought it would be, but not too different."

Using a rare opportunity to teach this class the exciting side of science.

Kurth says one other school in the Wausau area is also using an EPA water measuring instrument and in the coming weeks the two classes will compare results.

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS
Many Northwoods voters will consider whether to accept federal BadgerCare moneySubmitted: 10/22/2014

Play Video

RHINELANDER - Voters in Oneida, Lincoln, Florence, and Iron Counties will tell the state whether it should accept federal money to expand BadgerCare.

That's Wisconsin's health insurance program for low-income people.

Gov. Scott Walker rejected federal money offered by the Affordable Care Act.

President Obama promised that money would cover at least 90% of the cost of expansion for years into the future.

Walker has said Wisconsin can't trust the federal government to keep paying the money.

+ Read More
Northwoods farmers behind on corn harvestSubmitted: 10/22/2014

Play Video

ANTIGO - Some corn farmers in Wisconsin need to catch up on harvesting.

One Northwoods farmer is about 2 weeks behind this year.

But that doesn't necessarily mean the worst.

Dairy farmer Butch Maly in Antigo wishes his corn season started a few weeks earlier.

+ Read More
Volunteers needed for new community warming centerSubmitted: 10/22/2014

Play Video

MERRILL - The first community warming center in Merrill is set to open in less than two weeks. However, Merrill Area United Way organizers still need volunteers to help manage the center.

The group recently re-fit the former Lincoln Community Bank Drive-Thru on W. Main Street in Merrill to serve as the center. It will help homeless people stay warm from November to April at night. The Lincoln County Homelessness Task Force reported more than 20 homeless living in the area as recently as July.

+ Read More
President Obama scheduled to campaign for Burke on TuesdaySubmitted: 10/22/2014

MADISON - A date has been set for President Barack Obama's campaign stop in Milwaukee next week with Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke.

Burke's campaign spokesman Joe Zepecki says that Obama will be with Burke on Tuesday. The president's stop comes as Burke is locked in a tight race against Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

+ Read More
Northwoods Parish raising money for school, church upgradesSubmitted: 10/22/2014

Play Video

RHINELANDER - A Northwoods Parish wants to raise at least two million dollars to renovate its schools and church.

Nativity of Our Lord Catholic School needs technology and infrastructure upgrades. One of the school's buildings hasn't been updated since the 1950s.

School leaders think it's important to also upgrade the school's wireless ability. The school has SmartBoards, iPads, and laptops, but they want the equipment to work better.

+ Read More
Spending less on HalloweenSubmitted: 10/22/2014

Play Video

RHINELANDER - The average person will spend $77 this year on Halloween costumes, decorations, and candy.

The Goodwill in Rhinelander hopes you'll look good for much less. Goodwill has Halloween items like hats, trick-or-treat baskets to full costumes.

+ Read More
Integrys declines Eaglewatch bidSubmitted: 10/22/2014

Play Video

ST. GERMAIN - The winner of a huge Northwoods land auction will end up getting nothing.

The parent company of Wisconsin Public Service won't go through with the sale of its large lakefront property, Eaglewatch, in St. Germain.

Integrys declined a $3.8 million bid for the 187-acre property.

It held the auction last month to sell off the land.

That property also has 10,000 feet of lake frontage.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 




Click Here