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Observe and Measure Water

OBSERVE AND MEASURE... WATER

How and why are water samples analysed? At Mirabilandia students follow a methodological course that underlines the importance of observing reality and applying precise methods, linked to concrete and current aspects of reality (water pollution, scientific research activities).

Project objectives:
  • to experiment with the practical applications of concepts of ecology, carrying out sampling and measurements of real samples, including all difficulties related to these activities
  • to realise the importance of following precise methods to obtain scientifically valid results
  • to elaborate on topics of water chemistry, experimenting with sampling and analytical techniques that are completely comparable to those used in the real practice of water analysis laboratories
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ADDITIONAL CHARGE

TEACHING MATERIAL

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Lower secondary (11-13 years) and upper secondary (14-18 years)
1 hour 50 mins
€5 per person (in addition to the School Group entrance fee per person)
Activity support cards, tools for making measurements

You can choose from two courses:

COURSE A: TEMPERATURE, PH, DISSOLVED OXYGEN IN WATER: ANALYSIS OF THREE ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS

<6>FOR THE FIRST TWO CLASSES OF SECONDARY SCHOOL

Activities:

  • brief introduction to some concepts of ecology (ecosystems, biotic and abiotic factors) to sampling techniques and experimental measurements, with particular focus on the importance of reproducibility of the experimental method;
  • sampling of surface waters inside the Park;
  • taking measurements (in groups) of some abiotic factors important for living beings (temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH), underling the importance of using a precise methodology to take measurements that enables us to obtain “reliable” results;
  • verification of the hypotheses formulated, based on qualitative observations with quantitative data and discussion of the results obtained.

COURSE B: THE PH OF WATER. ACIDS, BASES, COLOURS...AND SOME SURPRISES!

FOR UPPER SECONDARY SCHOOL

Activities:

  • introduction to the basic concepts of ecology and the correct procedures to perform a water sampling, with particular focus on the importance of reproducibility of the experimental method used for sampling surface waters within the Park;
  • classical definition and meaning of pH;
  • measuring pH in water samples using three different techniques, and comparison between qualitative, semiquantitative and quantitative techniques;
  • short discussion on the meaning of the terms precision and accuracy and the meaning of instrumental calibration, an in-depth analysis of the “rigorous” definition o pH and introduction to the concept of activity, using a simple experiment.

INFORMATION AND BOOKING:

The choice of attractions is made according to availability at the time of telephone booking.


Parco della Standiana Srl - SS 16 Adriatica km. 162

Loc. Mirabilandia , 48125 Savio (RA) - Italy

Tel +39 0544 561156  Fax +39 0544 560195

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