Crowd the Tap Maine

Crowd the Tap Maine (CTTM) is a program that supports teachers and students as they explore drinking water quality in their community. Students collect data about drinking water quality from homes and buildings all across the community and look for patterns and differences. If they find one part of the community where the drinking water seems more likely to have troublesome odors, tastes, colors, or chemical properties than in other parts of the community, the students work with municipal officials and others to figure out what the problem might be and, potentially, to help in correcting it.

Program Update – 01/09/21

Before the holidays, students working with Ed Lindsey and Chuck Neeley at Old Town High School collected water samples from taps in about 30 buildings around Old Town, Maine. They entered data about water chemistry, total dissolved solids, and visible evidence of water quality issues into the Anecdata repository. This post provides a peek at what they might find in when they look at the data in Tuva.

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For Teachers: CTTM Gets Underway at Sumner Memorial High School

Schoodic Institute Education Specialist Sarah Hooper has begun work with Pathways students at Sumner High School on a CTTM project aimed at creating a comprehensive report on water quality in the old Sumner High School building before it is torn down and replaced by a new middle and high school learning center. Water quality in the old building is a problem. Students want to be sure that problems are identified and addressed in the new building.

Sarah is using an instructional design that emphasizes the importance of students’ figuring things out on their own rather than being told what to do. In her post titled “Inviting Inquiry,” she describes what happened during the first class session and includes her lesson plan, updated and commented to reflect the changes she made on the fly as she worked with the students. Don’t miss this post!

Detailed Guidance for Teachers About Collecting Water Data

CTTM is now up and running. You can see some of the data that students have collected here. Pilot teachers that are still just getting going with CTTM should look at the Instructions About How to Get Started.

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