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Science in the Library
Inquiry-based science studies motivate students to combine knowledge learned in multiple disciplines to solve real-world problems and improve their research and hands-on capability. These studies show the usefulness of this knowledge and skills, and the importance of many real-world problems to the community e.g. environmental, livelihood. These experiences stimulate students’ interest in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Below are some examples of Science in the Library projects:
The Study of Water Quality in Changjia River Project (2014 Small Project)
Tongwei No. 1 High School initiated this project to find out what happened to this mother river. In planning the project, a physics teacher, chemistry teacher, IT teacher and the librarian worked with an expert from the local Water Resource Protection Bureau. Teachers and 22 students customized a set of water quality measurement tests based on a professional standard. After proper training, they conducted a field study by hiking through the entire river basin, collecting water samples, taking pictures, and interviewing nearby residents. Students completed the 14 lab tests for each of the 20 water samples, and summarized their findings in a report that shows the changes of water quality in different segments and the possible reasons of the mineralization of the water.
Soil Analysis for Fertilization (2011 Small Project)
In this project, with the help from a Chemistry teacher and a professional from local Agricultural Science Agency, 100 students from Tongwei No. 1 High School collected soil samples from their home villages, designed experiments, analyzed the samples in the chemistry lab, gave the analysis results back to the village farmers and helped them understand the value of fertilization based on soil analysis.
Solar Lamp (2011 Small Project)
Evergreen created and provided solar lamp learning kits to rural high schools in Gansu and Shaanxi provinces. Each participating school used this project as a foundation for developing their own lesson plans for students to learn about electricity and solar energy. Additionally students learned by doing hand assembly of the final lamp. The completed solar lamps were sent to off-the-grid areas in Qinghai Province where younger students used the solar lamps to study.
The Study of Peach Blossom Jellyfish in Wuyang River (2009 Small Project)
The project was initiated by Zhenyuan Wende High School, Guizhou. Students went to the habitat of this "living fossil" creature to collect jellyfish samples and the water samples, and study its living conditions and biological structure by observation and lab testing, in order to better understand how to protect and conserve this creature.
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