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Lindsey Mason

Used a stream table to learn about erosion

2018 STEM Scholar
Canton, GA Dean Rusk Middle School

Lindsey’s Big Idea: Lindsey taught students about the rock cycle and erosion. Students coded Ozobots to help them study the processes that change rock types from one kind to another. Then they used a self-contained stream table to explore how the speed of water differs on the inside and outside of a curve, and created a hypothesis about how water speed impacts erosion. Students created time lapse videos with iPads to observe and measure data points. Finally, students designed plans to protect land along the stream from erosion, and they tested how well their plans worked.

Interesting Facts: “In the future, I hope to be able to use Skype to allow my students to communicate with experts within fields like astronomy and meteorology to further their knowledge of those content areas.”

In her own words: "I was fortunate enough to have a parent with an engineering degree who was willing to come in and help guide my students. He went over laws related to waterways and gave them advice on how to improve their plans. It was really the highlight of this project for me to watch a volunteer from the community come in and take such interest in my students and their creations."