Penn Manor Education Foundation recently received a nearly $5,000 grant from the Lancaster County STEM Alliance to enable students to raise trout, release them into local waterways and conduct research on the ecosystem.
The grant was written by Katie Harnish, fifth-grade teacher at Hambright. Her students will be raising 200 rainbow trout from eggs and releasing them into the local ecosystem in the spring as part of the Trout in the Classroom program.
To understand the needs of the fish and the human impact on local waterways, students will need to understand the health of the water system.
Students will work with experts from the Stroud Water Research Center and partner with a National Geographic Explorer and wildlife photographer to document what they find.
The grant will cover all costs of transportation, supplies and equipment, including boots, waterproof GoPro cameras and testing equipment.
Many thanks to the Lancaster County STEM Alliance for funding this great opportunity for our students!
These photos document the students as they begin the project at Manor Township Community Park.