Trout in the Classroom

BY Stephanie Ghannam & Sarah Toltin

Old Rochester Regional Junior High School

Project Description
8th grade students at ORR JHS are participating for the second year in the Trout in the Classroom Program. We will be raising Brook Trout from eggs and releasing them into the Mattapoisett River in the spring. This is a year-long, project-based learning experience for our students that brings “real world” life science, chemistry and physics into the classroom while also allowing students to see the impact of humans on our local watershed.

How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)
Students will spend the better part of the school year learning about brook trout and the Mattapoisett River/Buzzards Bay watershed. The culminating project is for students to use the data gathered during field investigations and local land use research to create an Environmental Impact Study of the Mattapoisett River and present their findings to local government and Buzzards Bay Coalition describing their findings and suggestions for the protection of our communities waterways. In addition, I hope that our students leave 8th grade with a greater appreciation and sense of personal responsibility for our environment and the impact they as humans and individuals have in their community.

Benefit to the students and the school
These supplies (field sampling equipment including chest waders, water quality testing kits and nets) can be used in the future as we continue to bring 8th grade students out to learn about and explore their local environment with the goal of creating informed citizens and better stewards of our local natural resources.

Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)
Yearlong and on-going