Macroinvertebrate Investigation with Milton Middle School

Milton Middle School students were treated to some real-time CSI work in early February! Vermont EPSCoR Post-Doctoral Associate Dustin Kincaid, PhD and CWDD Education and Outreach Liaison Janel Roberge led students through a macroinvertebrate investigation activity on February 12, 2020. 7th and 8th graders were presented a mock-up teaching sample and charged with finding the macroinvertebrates. This activity taught students how real scientists find macroinvertebrates and taught them how to discover clues indicating more about the health of local streams. Approximately 45 students from 7th and 8th grade classrooms participated in the activity.

For some students, this benthic macroinvertebrate investigation was their first time using a microscope.

Students attempt to find benthic macroinvertebrates in a CWDD-provided teaching sample.

Students receive help from Dustin Kincaid, PhD during their benthic macroinvertebrate investigation.

Dustin Kincaid, PhD discusses his research and how students are about to complete the scientific process.