Education Technology

JASON: Does Clear Water Mean Healthy Water?

Published on 06/09/2008

Activity Overview

JASON Aquatic Field Study: Explore how most aquatic animals and plants need clear water to survive by performing an experiment to measure the water clarity of a local aquatic site.

Before the Activity

See the attached teacher document (pdf file) for notes and guidelines for this activity.

Print and copy the attached activity document and research article (pdf files) for your class. The research article is in the during the activity section below.

During the Activity

Students will:

  • Collect a water sample at a local aquatic site to determine water clarity
  • Measure the water's turbidity using a Tubidity Sensor connected to a TI CBL 2™ or Vernier LabPro® and a TI-73 Explorer™


  • Directions
  • Distribute the activity document and research article to your class
  • Read and discuss the research article.
  • Follow the activity procedures outlined in the student document
  • After the Activity

  • Students complete the data analysis section of the activity
  • Discuss the results of the data analysis with your students