AEMs: Class of ’15

Jade showing off the basil plants she just added to her group’s Aquatic Ecosystem Model
Jelani doesn’t like to be distracted from his intense work.
Data collection is a core skill that students learn from the start.
Measuring physical-chemical parameters takes a lot of team work – another emphasis of the MBRP.
10 Grade MBRP
Skill: Germinating basil seeds hydroponically
Skill: Measurement of all AEM components
Skill: Flourite and gravel substrates stimulate detritus and waste transformation
Skill: Measuring Ammonium Chloride with a digital balance to kick start nitrification
AEMs Undergoing Nitrification
Beautiful basil plants growing from the nitates produced by the AEMs bioreactor.
Beautiful basil plants growing from the Nitates produced by the AEM’s bioreactor.
Basil roots growing in the AEM's water solution.
Basil roots growing in the AEM’s nutrient rich water solution.
Invertebrates and algae are among the ecosystem components of the AEM.
Vertebrates, invertebrates, and algae are among the ecosystem components of the AEM.
Skill: Adjusting the AEMs pH.
Skill: Adjusting the AEM’s pH
Skill: Graphing AEM water quality results.
Skill: Graphing AEM water quality results
Team Work!
Team Work!
Skill: Data entry for water quality and plant growth rates.
Skill: Data entry for water quality and plant growth rates

 

Skill: Microscopy for identifying the AEMs algae and protozoans.
Skill: Microscopy for identifying the AEM’s algae and protozoans

 

Skill: Disinfected AEMs for the next group.
Skill: Disinfecting AEMs for the next group
Students are never happy when they have to part with their systems.
Students are never happy when they have to part with their systems.

 

Citizen Scientist Environmental Monitoring of the Hudson River Estuary