“This beautiful sheet of water, like a sapphire gem set round with emeralds…” Samuel Francis Smith, History of Newton, Massachusetts, 1880
Science Lessons At The Pond
Teachers and students at Newton North High School use Bullough’s Pond regularly as an outdoor science classroom and laboratory:
Freshmen studying kinematics monitor water depth at the edges of the pond and examine how that affects the rate of water flow into Laundry Brook.
Biology classes survey the vegetation in and around the pond to identify native versus invasive plants.
Physics students drop tennis balls over the Dexter Road weir in experiments designed to test velocity.
Students in Ann Dannenberg’s course for juniors and seniors, “Environmental Field Studies” each design his or her own research project.
All photos by Ann Dannenberg
Dannenberg’s students pictured here are collecting longitudinal data concerning water quality over time.
They are testing levels of phosphates, nitrates, PH, temperature, dissolved oxygen and lead levels before and after rain and snowfall.
To learn more about the wonderful science program at Newton North High School, visit the Science Department’s terrific website,