Service learning in the community
Dr. Woodley’s physiology students developed activities related to water quality that they shared with K-8 children (from an underserved community) at an after-school program. Students who successfully completed the course received service-learning credit from Duquesne University.
Gummy Bear Osmosis
- Using gummy bears, K - 8 students investigate osmosis and learn that just as particles can diffuse throughout water, water itself can diffuse into and out of substances.
Fun with Filters-Framework and Function
- K - 8 students create an effective filter for water and discover the importance of clean water.
What’s happening to our Water?
- K - 8 students use a dissection microscope to observe daphnia and the effects of road salt on their heartbeat.
- K - 8 students learn about the importance of pH levels to living beings and measure acids and bases with a pH scale. They will measure pH using provided litmus paper and common household products.
- K-8 students learn about bacteria and that it can be found everywhere! Students will collect bacteria from places of their choosing (their mouths, bottom of shoe, doorknob, etc.) and document its growth in an agar plate.
Plants and Water-BFF
- K - 8 students learn about the components that make plants grow, with a focus on water. They learn the effects of water of different qualities, photosynthesis, and higher grades are introducted to the scientific method.
Get Loose and Diffuse
- K - 8 students explore diffusion through the use of food dye and water. In a second activity, students apply the concept of diffusion to the dance floor.
The Amazing Properties of Water!
- K - 8 students explore the properties of water, including the phases (solid, liquid, and gas), surface tension, water density, and capillary action of plants. Water is the solvent of life and important for life, so we will examine its physical, chemical, and biological properties.