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Join Scientist in Every Florida School and EarthEcho International for a conversation with scientist Audrey Goeckner and led by EarthEcho International Youth Leader and host, Faith Blackall. In this presentation, we will dive into the importance of monitoring your local bodies of water and how your classroom can easily implement this activity on a regular basis. We’ll also have the opportunity to hear from teachers in Virginia and Florida on how they implement EarthEcho’s Water Challenge in the classroom as a basis for engaging students in applied sciences and local issues.

Topic:Using Community Science to #MonitorWater

Host: Faith Blackall, EarthEcho International Youth Leader

Guest Expert: Audrey Goeckner, Ph.D. Student at the University of Florida

Audrey is a Ph.D. student in the Soil and Water Sciences Department at the University of Florida and joined the Reisinger Lab Fall 2020. She also received her M.S in the SWSD. Before that, she received a B.S in Environmental Science and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of South Florida. Her thesis project focused on carbon cycling processes (burial, GHG emissions) and organic matter quality of urban stormwater ponds. Audrey is interested in the impacts that urbanized land use has on downstream ecosystems. Specifically, she is interested in hydrologic connectivity, transport and transformation of organic matter, and the biogeochemical and microbial processing of those aquatic materials. Audrey was raised in the State of Florida and spends her free time on the water and in the garden.


Standards Addressed: 

Big Idea 1 SC.7.N.1 The Practice of Science

  • SC.7.N.1.1: Define a problem from the curriculum, use appropriate reference materials to support scientific understanding, plan and carry out scientific investigation of various types such as systematic observations or experiments, identify variables, collect and organize data, interpret data in charts, tables, and graphics, analyze information, make predictions, and defend conclusions.
  • SC.7.N.1.5: Describe the methods used in the pursuit of scientific explanation as seen in different fields of science such as biology, geology and physics.

Big Idea 6 SC.7.E.6 Earth Structures

  • SC.7.E.6.6: Identify the impact that humans have had on Earth, such as deforestation, urbanization, desertification, erosion, air and water quality, changing the flow of water.

Strand ELA.7.C.Communication 

  • ELA.7.C.1.3: Write and support a claim using logical reasoning, relevant evidence from sources, elaboration, a logical organizational structure with varied transitions, and acknowledging at least one counterclaim.
  • ELA.7.C.4.1: Conduct research to answer a question,drawing on multiple reliable and valid sources, and generating additional questions for further research.

Big Idea CTE-General

  • CTE-GEN.68.GENRL.17.14: Apply math, reading, science, and critical thinking skills as they relate to industry.
  • CTE-TECED.68.ENTECH.07.08: Describe how technologies can be used to repair damage and to break down waste from the use of various products and systems.


Name: Scientist in Every Florida School

Email: skillingsworth@floridamuseum.ufl.edu

Website: View Organizer Website

Name: EarthEcho International


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