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Youth Centre hosts lake science activities

Children involved in the drop-in programs at the Flipside Youth Centre were taught some things about that big body of water at the north end of town, on April 13.

President Graeme Strathdee and Director-at-Large Susan Samson of the Sylvan Lake Watershed Stewardship Society gave an interactive presentation on the science surrounding the waters of Sylvan Lake.

Both representatives provided various examples of what affects water quality in the lake, as well as what procedures are used to test the quality of that water, such as pH testing.

“They talked to kids on how they do testing for farm runoff, and what comes out of rainwater that ends up in the lake,” said Deshon Lennard an FCC Youth Services Coordinator with the Town of Sylvan Lake.

Lennard said that in their presentation, Strathdee and Samson explained all the factors that affect the lake, from tourist activity to bacteria from garbage. Their presentation also had a hands-on aspect, with children carrying out experiments that tested tap water quality.

“The kids got to do a scaled down version of the larger activities, with one simulating the types of water in the lake with cups,” said Lennard. “Each cup represented geographic areas in the lake, and they used food colouring to differentiate the distinct areas of the lake.”

Lennard said that last Thursday’s session was part of a larger educational segment of the youth centre’s programming called Power-up Thursday, whereby children engage in educational activities, that “engage them in diverse areas of science and math.”

“The kids were very interested and curious,” said Lennard. “They learned something new, and took some pride in learning about the water in the lake, because they’re from here.”

 

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