Project puts students heads in the ozone
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A group of local high school students will have a chance to monitor and learn about ozone levels in their community, and share that information with their peers down the road and around the world.Four Glenwood Springs High School freshmen and sophomore students will be traveling to Denver on Monday to be part of the Global Ozone (GO3) project.Based in Boulder, the project aims to increase students’ knowledge and understanding of ground level ozone through the use of technology developed here in Colorado, according to GO3 publicist Kate Peters.Students from 30 middle and high schools in Colorado were funded by a $350,000 grant from Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. to take part in the project. Also participating locally will be students from Rifle, Grand Valley and Aspen high schools. Using the same equipment now being used by the Environmental Protection Agency, the students will be able to monitor ground-level ozone concentrations and weather conditions outside their schools. They can then upload the data to Google Earth, and share and discuss regional and global impacts with other GO3 students through the GO3 Social Network.As part of the program, participating schools select an English-speaking international sister school with which to exchange data and ideas. Glenwood’s partnership will be with a school in Ghana.The students will learn how to use the equipment and upload the data at the GO3 Summit in Denver on Monday, said GSHS science teacher Rob Norville.”The purpose of the summit is to figure out how we can start collecting the data and make comparisons locally, statewide and around the globe,” Norville said.Norville said he chose four underclassmen students to be part of the project, so that they can incorporate the monitoring into the GSHS River Watch program when they are juniors and seniors. River Watch engages students in the study of local river ecosystems, including hands-on water quality monitoring. “We already do a unit on environmental policy and the pollution, and ozone is one of the main pollutants targeted by those acts,” Norville said. “We are looking forward to having this tool at our disposal.”The GSHS students who will be participating in the GO3 Project are Jesse Monsalve, Grissel Loya, Kate McMahon and Mats Rosen.The project is intended to encourage international solutions to ground level ozone pollution and foster global collaboration with a global monitoring network.Encana, with its grant, has helped to grow the GO3 Project from just four schools to more than 80 schools, according to John Birks, GO3 Project founder and director.”We’re advancing education through an innovative citizen monitoring project, with Colorado schools leading the way,” he said in a news release. “Most importantly, we’re equipping the next generation of decision makers for the future of our planet to put their heads together to come up with creative solutions to some of our largest environmental challenges.”email@example.com
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