Fresh into their 2nd semester of the 2018 school year, Everett New Tech juniors launched a project examining the pressing matter of poor water quality. With extensive research and hands on brainstorming, these students were determined to find a solution to conserving the planet’s 3% of accessible fresh water. Biology teacher, Klaudia Burton, challenged her classes to use information on quality, accessibility and reusability of water from around the globe to ensure that the worldwide population has access to one of our most vital necessities.
“The purpose of the project was that it stemmed from research that I was doing at Michigan State University and college engineering,” Burton said. “I worked there over the summer [‘17] and I got a chance to work with the new technologies that they’re using. Nanotechnology, to be specific. So, I purposefully chose this project for them because I believe that water quality is super important.”
Burton feels as though the majority of people should direct their attention and focus more on this issue. Those residing to the state of Michigan, she implied, might be taking their surrounding fresh water for granted.
“I think it’s one of the [overlooked] environmental issues, especially in the United States. A lot of people don’t think it affects us, especially in Michigan because we have the five Great Lakes so people don’t see fresh water availability being a problem, but it’s a bigger issue than a lot of people make it out to be,” she said.
In the end, though, Burton is certain that she accomplished what she set out to do for the benefit of her students.
“I think the kids doing the research and their work got a lot out of it,” she said. “Hopefully they take all that they’ve learned and… funnel it and inform other people.”