4 July 2022: Water Watch Penang has successfully conducted a geography field work for the year 10 students (Form 4 equivalent) of Prince of Wales Island International Schools at Taman Jajar, Sungai Ara, Pulau Pinang.
The programme was attended by a total of 22 students participants and two teachers, and the facilitator involved in this field work was Dr Hong Chern Wern, Executive Manager at Water Watch Penang. This programme was also assissted by two trained volunteers, Nursyazana and Azilah from Universiti Sains Malaysia.
This programme was tailor-made for the students with the aim:
• To familiarise with river in connection to physical and human geography
• To introduce geographical techniques using drone technology
These 22 students were divided into 2 and each group was represented by a facilitator where they conducted a short field survey pertaining to the land-use connection with the river followed by physical assessment of the river such as measuring river velocity and river discharge. WWP have also demonstrated chemical assessment of the river to the students such as Ammonia, Nitrate, Nitrite, pH (meter and liquid method), Dissolved Oxygen and Phosphate, to determine any presence of pollution.
Next, to determine the health of a river, the students have also learnt about biological assessments whereby the students performed ‘catch, identify and release’ of macroinvertebrates (aquatic life) in a river. Several aquatic life captured were the dragonfly nymph, damselfly nymph, and aquatic snails. In the final activity, the students were introduced to drone application technology in geography. They were exposed to types of drone applications in various industries as well as in geographic information system (GIS). Interested students were also given the opportunity to fly the Mavic Pro Platinum.
For more information regarding tailor-made geography field work for private/international school, please contact Executive Manager, Dr. Hong Chern Wern at hong.wwp[at]gmail[dot]com