This video from SciTech Now demonstrates that science is not just in the lab, science is everywhere. Students in a summer camp run by the Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) in Syracuse study a local watershed. The students follow a creek from its inception in Tully, NY, to its end at Onondaga Lake. Along the way, they collect data while focusing on variables such as macroinvertebrates, birds, trees, and other change gradients of the environment.
The video introduces the concept of natural pollutants via the Tully mudboils that can dump up to 25 tons of silt a day into the lake and the salt springs, which change the alkalinity of the water. These changes, along with temperature changes, can make water uninhabitable for fish. Students see these changes firsthand as they analyze the data they collect.