An episode of the Emmy-nominated series “Xploration Awesome Planet,” hosted by Philippe Cousteau Jr., features the Colleges’ Science on Seneca program. The show recently aired on Fox stations around the country and is now available on Hulu. The episode, “Exciting Waterways,” highlights a trip with Pittsford Mendon High School students and teachers to test the water quality of Seneca Lake.
Science on Seneca, a partnership between the Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) and the Geoscience Department at HWS, is an educational outreach program geared for middle and high school science teachers and their students, providing an outdoor classroom experience on Seneca Lake aboard the William Scandling, the Colleges’ research vessel. The episode features field work conducted on Seneca Lake during which students analyzed lake sediments, collected plankton samples and tested lake water for factors such as salinity, dissolved oxygen and acidity, to determine the water quality of Seneca Lake.
After the students tested the samples on the vessel, the plankton samples were taken to one of HWS’ biology labs where Associate Professor of Biology Meghan Brown explained different types of plankton and viewed them under a microscope.
With Seneca Lake providing fresh water to more than 100,000 residents, the episode stresses the importance of testing water quality for pollution, and also of giving students the opportunity to experience scientific research firsthand – calling the field trip an “invaluable experience.”
In addition to Brown, FLI Education Program Coordinator Nadia Harvieux, FLI’s post-doctoral research scientist Roxanne Razavi, and Pittsford Mendon High School Science Teacher Karen Smith were interviewed in the segment.
“Xploration Awesome Planet” is a nationally syndicated educational earth sciences television series, hosted and executive produced by Cousteau, grandson of Jacques Cousteau and a past guest of The President’s Forum Series.
High School teachers interested in participating in SOS can visit http://www.hws.edu/fli/sos.aspx for more information.