GLOBE Hydrology

Naperville Community Unit School District 203

On September 30, 2010, the students from Steeple Run went to Rotts Creek, where we have been monitoring the water at the GLOBE Study site since 2004.  Students checked the Turbidity, PH and conductivity of the water samples with Mr. Lopatka, while other students were collecting micro invertebrates with Mrs. Nolan and parent volunteers.  Students entered the Data into the GLOBE Data Base.  After I showed this website to the Students, they wrote captions for me.  See credits below.

Rotts Creek 2011

Rotts Creek 2009

Rotts Creek 2008

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Our wagons are lined up and ready to roll.  If they had emotions, they would be eager and excited to get going like we were.

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Students and Parents listen intently to Mrs. Nolan's last minute instructions.  We wait patiently for the signal to go.

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Mrs. Nolan assigns parents and students to their stations.

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Pay attention Group E!

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Mr. Lopatka has his camera take a automatic picture of group E paying attention to Mrs. Nolan.

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Our Wagons are packed and we are ready for adventure!

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We are ready for Take Off!

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There is excitement in the air as we head for the woods.

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Are we there yet?

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We Just started.

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How much longer?

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We are almost there.

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The Early arrivers settle down and wait for the last wagon.

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Waiting and resting, Phew, that was a long walk.

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Come on slow pokes!

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We were tired of walking and we needed a break

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We are almost there, after this hill, we enter the forest.

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Crash, bump, ouch, can someone please help with this wagon?

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We are checking the turbidity of the water with a turbidity tube

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Turbidity is the transparency of the water.  

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Group D scoops up another water sample

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Mr. Lopatka records the PH and conductivity Data for group E.

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The water temperature was 16 degrees Celsius.

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 I see the Light!  I'll be good starting now!

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Is that a macroinvertabrate? 

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Mrs. Nolan says, "Stay in your group."

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Ron's Dad and his group were looking under rocks.

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Ron's Dad says, "Stay in your group."

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Steven catches a fish for our Fish Fry, never mind, it is a dead fish.

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My Mom gets in the picture while getting a picture!

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Yes. group D found something!

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Largest macroinvertabrate yet! It is a huge water spider.

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 Macro Town!  I see a Damselfly. 

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Wow!  There are some pretty flowers here.

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It is a bird, it is a plane, no it is a dead fish

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Jack and Alex are studying carefully and patiently.

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It is time to enter the data and pack up to go back to school.

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Time to go back, it was a nice trip.

Caption Contributors:









Richard L

Richard Z



Several "No Names"

Mr. Lopatka


Trip to Rotts Creek September 29, 2009

Rotts Creek 2008

Arboretum Fall Phenology 2008

Spring Phenology at the Arboretum  2007

GLOBE links

Phenology at the Arboretum Spring

Fall Phenology 2007

Fall Phenology 2008

Highlands School Frost Tube

Steeple Run School Frost Tube

Lake Marmo Freeze Up 2008-9

Lake Marmo Freeze Up 2009-10

Rocket Day at Steeple Run School

Rocket Launch at Highlands School

Rocket launch at Irene King School

Make a 2 liter bottle rocket 

GLOBE Program:



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