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Jennifer Snead

Creating a watershed to see how human activity affects water quality

2021 STEM Scholar
Killeen, TX Belton Middle School

Jennifer’s Big Idea:

Jennifer’s students researched, designed and built a large watershed, then built curriculum around it. The watershed allowed students to model the impact of human activity on groundwater and surface water. After building the watershed, the students created real-world situations to observe the effect of human activity. They created pollution in the groundwater representing fertilizers, oil from cars, factories releasing chemicals in rivers and streams and more. Students were able to follow the flow of surface and groundwater from one location to another, filtered through dirt and sand and into the watershed.

Fun Facts:

Jennifer has a passion for nature and life sciences. She has seen and lived in several places around the world with her husband in the military, and if someone gave her the option of doing anything she wanted for a week, she would go to as many Broadway musicals as she could.

In her own words: "It is important for the students to see the process and begin to really analyze how human activity affects the watersheds in order to cultivate solutions to a cleaner future.“