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Water Quality Index (WQI)—Field Trip Kit

By: Bill Grosser, Glenbard South H.S., Glen Ellyn, IL

Item #: AP7027 

Price: $330.00

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Water Quality Index (WQI) Field Trip Kit for environmental science is an all-inclusive water quality test kit. Analyze the properties of a local lake, river, or stream and determine the overall water quality.

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This all-inclusive water quality test kit has it all! Analyze the properties of a local lake, river or stream and determine the overall water quality using the Water Quality Index system. This is an environmental quality “score” that is derived based on a combination of nine different chemical and biological water tests-dissolved oxygen, fecal coliform, pH, biochemical oxygen demand, temperature, phosphate, nitrate, turbidity and total solids. After performing the nine tests and analyzing the results, students calculate a quality rating for the water ranging from 0 (very bad) to 100 (excellent) that is a weighted function of all nine tests. Contributing each test result to the final score demonstrates the environmental importance or impact of different biological and chemical properties of water. A great tool to compare the quality of different lakes or rivers or to monitor the change in water quality of a body of water over time.

Complete with comprehensive student booklets and all the materials and chemicals needed for a class of 30 students working in pairs.


Materials Included in Kit:
Bulb, red rubber, 8 mL capacity, 5
Culture tubes, lactose broth/chlorphenol red, 15
Comparison chart, dissolved oxygen, 5
Comparison chart, nitrate color, 5
Comparison chart, phosphate color, 5
Hydrion® 1–12 pH test strips, 2
Pipet, serological, sterile, disposable, 1 mL, 15
Reaction vial, polyvinyl liner, 1 dram, 30
Secchi disk
Storage bottle, wide mouth, polyethylene, 500 mL, 15
TesTab® dissolved oxygen tablets, 60
TesTab® nitrate widerange tablets, 15
TesTab® phosphate tablets, 15
Water sample tubes with caps, 15
WQI master sheet, set/12

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
MS-LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience
MS-ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems
HS-LS2.B: Cycle of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems
HS-LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience
HS-ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems

Crosscutting Concepts

Stability and change

Performance Expectations

MS-LS1-5: Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.