[Source: Betty Reid, Arizona Republic] — Is canal water safe to drink? The question was posed to middle-school students who are attending the Phoenix Union High School District’s Science in the City 2008 at downtown’s Bioscience High School. The goal of the three-week initiative is to bring students from feeder elementary schools to soak up hands-on science lessons.
Eighth-grader Jacqueline Coronado from Palm Lane School in the Cartwright Elementary School District learned that muddy canal water can be turned into clear water. It’s not safe to drink until it’s put through a water treatment plant, but the teenager learned a lesson about water filtration. “I learned when it rains, I can catch rain water and I can filter it and I can get clean water,” Coronado said. “I don’t get bored at all with summer science classes. It’s better than staying at home and… not doing anything.” [Note: To read the full article, click here.]