Middle School Robotics Teams Visit Savannah River Keeper For Project Research

Middle School Robotics Teams Visit Savannah River Keeper For Project Research
Posted on 09/21/2017
This is the image for the news article titled Middle School Robotics Teams Visit Savannah River Keeper For Project ResearchAugusta Prep's 7th/8th grade robotics class students learned a lot about rivers on Thursday - specifically the Savannah River and how it is 400 miles long and how it's a good thing there's a group called the Savannah River Keeper to help protect such a vital water resource.

The field trip to the Savannah River Keeper group along the Savannah River in downtown Augusta was a research-finding mission for the Prep Middle Schoolers as they seek out a water-related problem they can focus their First Lego League project on in hopes of providing a robotics/technology-based solution that is also helpful to humans.

Students heard from Tonya Bonitatibus, Executive Director for Savannah River Keeper, regarding everything from how a river is affected by new development runoff to industry releases into river water to the diminishing existence of helpful swamps and even a dog that can sniff out sewer lines to help locate harmful leaks into water sources.

Students also learned about the history of the Augusta Canal, the levee, and how there are parts of land along the river on the edge of downtown Augusta that remain contaminated by previous businesses.  Students walked along the levee down to the river and found evidence of such contamination, noticing old tires, glass, and crushed vehicle remains left by a prior vehicle repair shop.  Bonitatibus explained to students that the Savannah River Keeper group is trying to have that portion of the river cleaned up so it could one day be available for development.

Among the students were two project groups, each seeking to hone in on a specific project as part of the worldwide First Lego League challenge.  Just this past year as part of an FLL project, another student group from Prep developed a patent-pending "Mood Tag" creation that allows dairy farmers to easily notice when their cows are overheating.

Prep's students are once again focusing on creating another helpful invention, and this year the focus is on water sources and needed solutions for problems that affect humans.

Augusta Prep is grateful to Savannah River Keeper for providing a wealth of helpful information that surely will serve as a guide to our students as they move forward in their projects this school year.   

To see a photo gallery from our recent field trip to Savannah River Keeper, click here!  And to see some video from the visit, click here!

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