Girl Scout Troop 8454 is a troop combined of 4 schools in the Mobile area, mostly St Lukes Episcopal School. We feel our success stems from a multi-level approach of opening many doors for girls in order for them to explore the avenues of personal and academic growth outside of the boundaries of school.
This year we adopted water as our theme. Friday, Nov 1, 2013 was our first venture to navigate these waters (pun intended!) of how what we drink gets from the atmosphere to our homes, via pumping stations. With the help of MAWSS (Mobile Area Water & Sewer System) we were able to get a private tour of S. Palmer Gaillard Pumping Station and accompanying Converse Reservoir (Big Creek Lake).
We learned that this pumping station was created in order to serve the growing population of greater Mobile from the 1950's. The 3600-acre storage lake has 26 miles of shoreline, is fed by 5 creeks and is connected to the pumping station.
We learned that when the lake fills with too much water, the nearby spillway gates open and release the extra water. We also learned that after water is pumped into the station, it leaves through 60-inch pipes and goes to one of two treatment facilities to make the water drinkable. Last, we learned by modeling how different forms of pollution affect watersheds and the area in which we live and play.
This event was a wonderful STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) opportunity because we learned that gravity assists moving water to the treatment facilities (science), the importance of pumps in generating the initial movement to the facilities (technology), the use of dams and spillways to allow or refrain water movement (engineering) and math because we calculated that the 26 miles of lakeshore to be over 450 football fields.
A great big thanks to Mr. Benny White and Mrs. Lucinda Sully at MAWSS for taking their time to teach us about water!
Girl Scout Troop 8454 pictured from left to right:
Back row: Tristan, Brenna, Abigail, Maggie, Della, Aleah, Mallory, Devan, Haley
Front row: Vina, Olivia, Virginia Grace, Claire, Anya, Lilli, and Maggie (not pictured are troop leaders Michele Johnson, Shea Sadler and Julia Winnen).