The backpack contains tools and guidance to make exploring your local waters easy and enjoyable.
What can we say about the state of the water based on how transparent it is? Is there blue-green algae in the water, is it safe to swim? What's the oxygen level of it?
The backpack tries to make children interested in the state of their local environments and especially in the state of their local waters.
The Baltic Sea is constantly threatened by human actions, and raising a generation of environmentally concious pupils in primary schools is a way to battle for a cleaner Baltic Sea.
The backpack includes tools to study the following:
- Transparency (Secchi depth)
- Blue-green algae levels
- Haziness (World Water Monitoring Challenge jar, sticker and a haziness scale)
- Oxygen levels (Test tube, DO-tablet, color scale)
- Phosporous and nitrogen levels
The backpack is meant to be a part of comprehensive learning in primary schools, especially as part of phenomenon based learning. Students can create stories about their local waters, starting from studying the preconceptions students have of those waters, continuing on to studying the waters personally, taking photos, and finally making a comprehensive document of all things learned.
Other usersAlthough the backpack was developed for school usage, it is also a good tool for adults to explore your local waters, for example on the beach of your summer cottage!
How do I get one?
How can my local Rotary club help?
The club can donate or find sponsors for the backpack, and bring it to be a part of local primary education or even to other organizations such as Scouts. More material about using the backpack can be found in the home page of Rotary district 1410.
Don't hestitate to contact our contact persons:
District 1420: Hannele Kauranne firstname.lastname@example.org