The Bucket Buddies project requires students to identify organisms in a water sample, compare their findings with other participating classes, determine which, if any, of the organisms are the same in other, more distant water sources and look for relationships and trends in the data collected by all project participants. The spring 2003 project included 27 schools from New England, New Jersey, Florida, Michigan, Indiana, Canada (Ontario and Manitoba), Costa Rica and Australia.
Danville teachers decided to have students look at life in the local ponds as well. The results are posted on the Bucket Buddies Project at http://k12science.ati.stevens-tech.edu/curriculum/buck etproj/studentarea.html.
The Danville youngsters found that each pond has its own unique group of organisms though a few bugs are found in all three ponds. These are water fleas, snails and aquatic worms. The most common macroorganisms found in mid-May were snails and water fleas.
Participating in this real-life scientific investigation meant students had to develop a hypothesis before they began their work and determine whether their hypothesis was correct after they studied the results. Many students predicted that the ponds would have different organisms. In the end, those students found that they were correct and, as Toliver fourth-grader Courtney Ballard wrote, "I can prove my hypothesis is correct because altogether Hogsett and Jennie Rogers had 11 different macroorganisms that we didn't have."
Haley Cooper, a Hogsett fourth-grader, underscores the importance of this study to the students. "Nikki and I discovered that all water animals are important to the ecosystem. We are going to go to a pond and see what we can find. I thought that taking snapshots was a very splendid idea."
Each school's reports and photographic records can be found by clicking on the school links at www.danville.k12.ky.us.
****Lincoln Flames, 3 cols
Lincoln Flames, boys 9 and under finished ninth in its age division in the National YBOA tournament in July in Polk County, Fla. The team also received three individual awards, Trenton Edgington received the All Tournament Player award and Ronnie Sharp and Carl-Lewis Cummins each received individual All Academic Player awards. The team received the 9-U All Academic Team award. Members are, from left, front row, Andrew Lasure, Jacob Gibson, Ronnie Sharp and Micah Ward. Back row, coach Jerry Edgington, Trenton Edgington, Chris Butler, Dylan Ellis and Carl-Lewis Cummins. Back, coach Ricky Gibson and coach Lewis Cummins.