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Partners in Science: Collecting Benthic Macroinvertebrates

If you couldn’t tell, last week was a very busy week at NMWC. We had classes and teacher trainings, and last Sunday we made time for some good old fieldwork. NMWC is working with Dr. Pedro Chavarria at NNMU to survey benthic macroinvertebrates on the Rio Chama below Abiquiu Dam. Students from one of Dr. … Continue reading

NMWC Teacher Training

Teaching science can be really intimidating, especially for teachers who may not have taken many science classes. Trying to teach place-based science is even harder when you’re a teacher who moves to a new place! This spring and summer, NMWC is teaming up with Northern New Mexico University to host a series of teacher training … Continue reading

Learning about Local Water

Last Thursday’s field trip with Ms. Berryhill’s Earth Sciences class at McCurdy High School was entirely water-themed and introduced our students to their local water. We began at NMWC and revisited our last class activity- desalination. Students broke into groups of one or two and made solar stills. To encourage friendly competition and up the … Continue reading

River Classroom: The Almost Finished Product

Finally, it’s time for the big reveal. What are our River Classroom students building?! I’ll save that for the end of the post- first a few photos from class: What’s a circuit? Can you draw one? Our River Classroom students can! I’m always surprised at how much they retain from class to class, but last … Continue reading

Why Can’t We Just Drink the Ocean?

Many of our activities with Ms. Berryhill’s Earth Sciences class at McCurdy have related to water quality. Water is a critical issue in New Mexico. With decreasing snowpack and increasing water use, we’re headed for trouble. On two previous visits to McCurdy, students asked, “Why can’t we just take the salt out of sea water?” … Continue reading

Modeling Watersheds with Santo Domingo

Last Thursday we headed south to Santo Domingo for another day on the Rio Grande. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, and all of the students were ready to learn. We began by discussing the Rio Grande- where does it begin? Most of the students thought that the Rio Grande starts at Cochiti Reservoir! Almost everybody … Continue reading

Engineering in River Classroom

Because of the snow a few weeks ago, we’ve been fortunate enough to have River Classroom two weeks in a row! We’ve been working on some very important activities that will lead up to an exciting finale the next time we meet. I don’t want to give anything away,  but here are some hints…. It … Continue reading