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For Educators

Welcome to Texas Stream Team's Teacher and Informal Science Educator pages. We hope these resources and opportunities provide you with the tools you need to support students in the fields of math, science, and social studies.

Some of our Texas Stream Team monitoring groups include teachers and their students. Educators find Texas Stream Team to be a valuable teaching tool that lends itself to cross-disciplinary instruction. By teaching students how to measure what is happening in the environment around them, Texas Stream Team helps teachers effectively present the abstract concepts of biology, chemistry and ecology. With a broader understanding of water quality issues, students are better prepared to understand and participate in local water resource management as well as career development.

Teachers who complete the three-phase training and become Certified Water Quality Monitors have two options for getting their students involved in Texas Stream Team monitoring. Students in grades K-12 as well as college students can monitor a body of water under a teacher's supervision with activities based on the educational objectives of the class. A teacher who goes a step further and becomes a Certified Trainer can then train students (grades 5-12 and college) to become certified monitors. These students can then go on to form groups and monitor their own sites.