This Problem Solving with Industry module was devised by the Centre for Science Education in collaboration with Yorkshire Water. In this module students study the problem of blue-green algae in an upland reservoir.
• Task 1 - reading a newspaper article about a reservoir turning green, and responding to a memo from the General Manager of Northern Water.
• Task 2 - researching the locality of the reservoir and studying information sheets to identify some possible causes of the problem; then producing a report for the local Member of Parliament.
• Task 3 - reading an information sheet and then designing and carrying out an investigation into the growth of algae; then producing a report to the Environmental Health Department
• Task 4 - reading a report written by the General Manager of Northern Water and then comparing it with the students’ own report; also reading a newspaper article about the reservoir pollution and matching up comments with the people who made them.
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