Roger Clapp

Third-grade students at Columbus Park Preparatory Academy investigate the history of the local watershed and the impact that urban development has had on the local ecosystem. After visiting the Worcester Historical Society and the Department of Public Works, students conduct and videotape interviews with local residents and politicians, analyze water quality, and develop a plan for civic action that addresses environmental issues. Students compile their videotapes of interviews and site visits and present their research to the community, including local environmental groups.