MHS Teacher Shares Expertise at PA Science Teachers Convention
On Friday, Dec. 1, Milton Hershey School middle school science teacher Missy Hess presented at the Pennsylvania Science Teachers Convention in State College. She collaborated with the Stroud Water Research Center to discuss how “Model My Watershed”—an open source web application—can be used in the classroom.
“It is an online watershed modeling application that allows students to interact with their local environment using real scientific data,” Hess said. “The modeling tool allows students to learn about the watershed here on campus as well as watersheds in their home communities.”
At the conference, Hess shared her expertise on ways students can use the tool to apply scientific concepts in hands-on scenarios. Thanks to satellite interface, the application allows students to virtually see their house or the MHS campus and identify how water infiltrates the ground.
Hess also discussed the academic benefits of the watershed application, which gives students the opportunity to:
- Analyze real land use and soil data in their neighborhoods and watersheds
- Use professional-grade models to illustrate water quality impacts
- Compare how different conservation practices such as rain gardens or green roofing can modify water runoff and quality
At MHS, Hess plans to share the application with Envirothon students for their aquatic ecology station training.
Milton Hershey School is committed to problem-based learning through our comprehensive STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) curriculum. With advanced technology and hands-on learning opportunities like the Model My Watershed application, the learning process becomes more meaningful as students create their own solutions to problems.