Loading

30°F

28°F

29°F

29°F

29°F

29°F

31°F

33°F

29°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
What We're Working OnSubmitted: 10/31/2014

- The mining issue might deicide the winner of the 25th State Senate district. The huge district covers a large portion of northern Wisconsin. Two types of mines have caused controversy in the district: a proposed taconite mine in the north and sand mines in the west. Newswatch 12s Adam Fox sat down with both candidates; he'll have the story tonight.

We'll have the details on this story and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

+ Read More
Homeless charity drive needs helpSubmitted: 10/31/2014

RHINELANDER - The Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing needs your help taking care of the homeless. The alliance helps homeless people in Lincoln, Langlade, Forest, Oneida, and Vilas counties. Organizers just started the Everybody Deserves Shelter Campaign. Local businesses are helping run the campaign.

"We are working at establishing businesses ,within our hopefully five counties that we serve, that will offer customers and employees the chance to make a nominal one dollar donation," said NATH Executive Director Tammy Modic.

+ Read More
School District of Rhinelander passes 2014-15 budget; sees increase in enrollmentSubmitted: 10/31/2014

RHINELANDER - The School District of Rhinelander will get a little bit more funding from property taxes this year. Rhinelander passed a referendum in 2013.

The district gets 4 million dollars per year through 2016.

On Monday the district approved the tax rate and mill levy for the year. Taxpayers will pay $10.99 per thousand dollars of property values.

+ Read More
Man gets 40 year prison sentence for shooting deputySubmitted: 10/31/2014

MEDFORD - A 29-year-old man will spend 40 years in prison for shooting a Taylor County sheriff's deputy after getting sentenced in court Friday.

Police say Alexander Schneider told them he aimed for the deputy's face when he shot him in September 2013.

The deputy went to Schneider's house in Rib Lake to talk with him about a violated restraining order. Schneider refused to come outside. He then shot at the deputy through the front door.

He will be on extended supervision for 20 years once he gets out of prison.

+ Read More
25th Senate candidates differ over mining law, agree on importance of broadband and educationSubmitted: 10/31/2014

RHINELANDER - The mining issue might decide the winner of the 25th State senate district. The huge district covers a large portion of northern Wisconsin stretching from parts of Vilas County to parts of Barron County. Two types of mines have caused controversy in the district. A proposed taconite mine in the north, and sand mines in the west.

Gogebic Taconite is proposing a four-mile open pit taconite mine in Ashland and Iron County. Project leaders say the project will lead to 700 direct jobs, as well as numerous spillover jobs because of the construction of the mine.

Republicans rewrote and passed the state's mining law in 2013. Many believe the rule change weakened water protections, but Republican candidate Dane Deutsch doesn't agree.

+ Read More
Hire me then fire me, Northwoods candidate for State Treasurer wants to eliminate positionSubmitted: 10/31/2014

RHINELANDER - Hire me then fire me. That's what a Northwoods candidate for State Treasurer wants voters to do.

Jerry Shidell is a libertarian from Rhinelander. You'll find his name on the ballot for State Treasurer. He plans on getting rid of the job.

Shidell says the treasurer doesn't have many responsibilities and the position costs too much.

+ Read More
Minocqua Chamber of Commerce members break ground for expansion Submitted: 10/31/2014

MINOCQUA - Minocqua gets many tourists. An expansion to the town's chamber of commerce might bring and keep more people in the area.

Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce board members broke ground outside of the chamber Friday. They'll be adding an extra 900 square feet of office space.

"It'll have a small kitchenette for gatherings and then a really large open concept room with all concealing. It'll have a new foyer for guest," said Minocqua Building Committee chairman, Mike Brighum." Then we'll also be remodeling about 150 square feet of the existing building to make it more useable for the staff for efficiencies."

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 




Click Here