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2017 Summer Externships

This year two teachers from Northwest Iowa had the opportunity to work at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory in Milford as part of the Iowa Teacher Externship Program. The goal of the Iowa STEM Teacher Externship program is to connect class to career. Marc Benedict and Art Hellert spent six weeks this summer working with the CLAMPS program, the Cooperative Lakes Area Monitoring Project, a volunteer lake monitoring program started in 1999 as a collaborative venture by Iowa Lakeside Laboratory and the Friends of Lakeside Laboratory group. Volunteers collect water samples throughout the summer on nine lakes in Dickinson County. The goals of CLAMP are to provide long-term monitoring data on algae conditions in area lakes and to educate local citizens about lake ecology.

Marc Benedict is a high school science teacher at Graettinger-Terril CSD who plans to take the knowledge gained and data collected back to his students, to expose them to real-world program solving in their communities. A local farmer wants to test water quality on his farm so students will collect water samples, analyze the samples and make predictions.

Art Hellert is a middle school science teacher at Spirit Lake Middle School. Art plans to take the data and research he gathered from water samples collected from area lakes from the 1970's through the present, and have his students analyze trends in water quality over time.

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