Triet Truong - A Service-Learning Project in Chemistry: Environmental Monitoring of a Nature Preserve

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  David C. Kammler ,   Triet M. Truong ,   Garrett VanNess , and   Audrey E. McGowin *


  Department of Chemistry,   Antioch College, Yellow Springs,   Ohio 45387, United States  

    Department of     Chemistry, Wright State     University, Dayton, Ohio 45435, United States  

J. Chem. Educ., 2012, 89 (11), pp 1384–1389

DOI: 10.1021/ed300109k


  A collaborative environmental service-learning project was   implemented between upper-level undergraduate science majors and   graduate chemistry students at a large state school and   first-year students at a small private liberal arts college.   Students analyzed the water quality in a nature preserve by   determining the quantities of 12 trace metals, seven anions   including nitrate and phosphate, and Escherichia coli and   coliform bacteria. Dissolved oxygen, temperature, and pH were   recorded in the field as well. Students publicly communicated   their results by creating deliverables such as a standard   operating procedures manual, a PowerPoint presentation, and a   professional-quality poster. The project was successful and   student learning and interest in environmental chemistry were   enhanced. The community response was particularly positive.

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