District third graders learn about water cycle
Posted on 10/31/2016

Last Friday was the last day of this year's third grade Science Experiences project that focuses on the water cycle.

Students visit a local water treatment plant and study how water flows from local reservoirs to  city faucets.

Every third grade class in the district spends a day learning about the science behind local water.

The students are guided through a tour of the treatment plant and do hands-on experiments that illustrate how the plant functions.

“We show them how science is used here, from the technology that runs our computer tracking system to the chemistry lab work that tests the water to the math used in the water quality checks,” said Doug Buxton, the plant’s supervisor.  “The experiments they do mimic how the plant works.”

The students rotate through four stations that include:

  • Hiking up to the lake that serves as the water source to see gravity-based water delivery in action
  • Testing a gravity flow station that illustrates the how slope affects water flow
  • Creating a water filter to see how water is cleaned
  • Building a PVC pipe funnel to show how water is directed from the source

The stations were run by students in the McMinnville High School's Education Pathway, giving the high school students real-life experience in managing hands-on science projects.

The district-wide program is funded by McMinnville Water & Light and is part of the science enrichment program of the McMinnville Education Foundation (MEF).