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Nunavut News: Chester teens drill for science

May 25, 2018 — 

As Nunavut News reports:

A group of 12 students from grades nine through 11 at Victor Sammurtok School had a unique opportunity with the arrival of a pair of Winnipeg scientists in Chesterfield Inlet earlier this month.

“They asked if we’d be interested in going out and doing some sampling with them…and I indicated that we most certainly would,” said science teacher Glen Brocklebank.

University of Manitoba scientist Alessia Guzzi, from left, Marjorie Aggark, Oliver Angoo, Adrianna Putulik and Michelle Kamula (University of Manitoba scientist), back row from left, and Victor Sammurtok School science teacher Glen Brocklebank and Jeff Kukkiak, right front, share scientific and traditional knowledge on the land while collecting core samples near Chesterfield Inlet on May 1. photo courtesy Glen Brocklebank

The University of Manitoba scientists Alessia Guzzi and Michelle Kamula had been to Chester on previous occasions and their most recent visit was to conduct research on the sea ice, and water salinity and temperature.

Students helped take ice-core samples and look for algae while out on the land with the scientists.

Brocklebank said they helped pull out the cores, drop and retrieve the devices that measure water temperature and salinity, looked at the ice algae and talked a little about biology and where the fish are now around Chester and what they’re doing.

“It was cool because we were actually doing field research,” said Brocklebank. “We actually went out with scientists and did the things we read about in the textbook.”

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