Student Watershed Watch – Teacher Training

Every August, dozens of schoolteachers and other area educators sign up with TMACOG for focused training sessions on the collection and analysis of water samples. They learn how to lead their classrooms in the evaluation of water quality in rivers and streams in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. This year, the training will be by webinar but still include all the information to improve teachers’ skills. This year will bring some new tools to the task.

Water Quality Planner Sara Guiher leads the SWW program including the teacher training component. Each year, Guiher’s own research improves the teacher training program. In 2019 she brought in training expertise to certify all the educators completing training as Certfied Level 1 Data Collectors. She was also able to share what she learned at a seminar in Fairbanks, Alaska, working with scientists from NASA and the International Arctic Research Center on climate change issues. In 2020 she will be training teachers to use a 3D-printed portable spectrometer as part of their analysis. Guiher has practiced with the techniques through GLOW (Great Lakes One Water). GLOW is a group of seven communities around Lake Erie that are focusing on smart citizen science. TMACOG will partner with Metroparks Toledo to provide leadership and tools for citizen science in the western basin region.

Contact Sara Guiher to learn more about how classrooms can participate in the SWW. To donate testing supplies or provide additional support to the teachers who are the backbone of the SWW, contact TMACOG’s Director of Membership and Outreach, Gilda Mitchell.

Water quality samples are in the portable spectrometer.


Taking a photo using a mobile app. The app
processes the images and provides a report.

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