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Technology Project Receives Award

RUSS Unit on Lake Grindstone.

Water on the Web project technicians ready a Remote Underwater Sampling Station unit for deployment in Grindstone Lake (near Sandstone, MN) this past August. This is the third unit deployed in a Minnesota lake that students can access over the Internet to learn about lake dynamics.

Minnesota Sea Grant staff and University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) researchers were presented with the 1999 Technology Enhanced Learning-Innovation Award by University President Mark Yudof in June. The award was given for their accomplishments with the Water on the Web project.

Water on the Web, funded by the National Science Foundation, is designed to create a more technologically-competent workforce by integrating new technologies into student curriculum to encourage a deeper understanding of environmental and basic sciences. This program for community college students and teachers allows participants to collect “real-time” data off the Internet. The information is gathered by Remote Underwater Sampling Stations, or RUSS units, which were placed in two Minnesota lakes in 1998: Ice Lake (near Grand Rapids) and Lake Independence (southwest of the Twin Cities Metro area). The RUSS units provide technical water quality information such as the vertical profiling of temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, electrical conductivity, and turbidity.

The project is led by Bruce Munson, Minnesota Sea Grant marine educator and a professor with UMD’s Education Department, with support from Sea Grant’s Cynthia Hagley, Scott Robertson, and Debbie Kaminov. Other members of the team include scientists from UMD, the Natural Resources Research Institute, Apprise Technologies, Inc. and Lake Superior College.

By Sea Grant Staff
September 1999

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