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Field Trips

posted Oct 31, 2014, 1:23 PM by Erik Arnold
In addition to community service trips this week, other groups participated in educational and community building trips. Here are descriptions of a few of those trips:

  • Señor Lopez and Señora Hathaway-Rube took students from their Spanish classes to the see the Maya exhibit at the Boston Museum of Science. They were able to watch the Mystery of the Mayas at the OMNI theater, visit the Maya Hidden Worlds exhibit, and explore additional museum exhibits.

  • Ms. Hinkle and Ms. Sullivan's Regional History of the Merrimack Valley class visited two sites in the Merrimack River watershed within the Tsongas Industrial History Center.  At the UMass Lowell boathouse we sampled river water and tested for contaminants.  We determined overall that the biological and physical factors of the river put it in the healthy range--good news!  It was low enough in the "healthy" range though that one group did classify the river as only "moderately" healthy. We went to Clay Pit Brook, dug through the muck, and identified over 15 species of macroinvertebrates (bugs) as well as found three tadpoles (weird for this late in October).  We talked about the changing health of the watershed from being biologically "dead" in the 1960's from industrialization to its relative health today because of the Clean Water Act, but also what current risk factors are (sewage overflow and portion's of the river in New Hampshire have high levels of arsenic). 

  • Half of the 9th grade advisories went on a fun community building event by spending a couple of hours bowling at Brunswick Zone in Lowell. Thank you very much to all of the parent volunteers that helped with the carpool.