PRESQUE ISLE — Eric Hendrickson, a teacher at Presque Isle High School, has been awarded an environmental chemistry research grant totaling $2,500.
The grant will help fund a program to increase students’ appreciation of chemistry by developing a long-range research program so they will better understand chemistry in the field environments.
Hendrickson said students at Presque Isle High School needed to realize that science would play an increasingly important role in their future.
The program will focus on a study of a pond about five miles north of Presque Isle High School. The students will conduct tests at the pond, and in the watershed, before and after rains.
Students will compile and analyze data and present reports to farmers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Environmental Protection.
Hendrickson said in his grant proposal: “The purpose of an environmental field trip is more than to just set up a long-term research project where the students can work as a group in environmental chemistry. It is needed to make the chemistry that they study real … in this (type) of field trip they do not know what they will find or even if they will find anything at all. This adds excitement to the experience and causes those who do go to realize that science may be exciting and fun.”