Stoneleigh-Burnham School students in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program have begun their months-long “Trout in the Classroom” project.

Students are raising Brook Trout in a large fish tank that sits just inside the entrance to the Jesser Science Building. Stoneleigh-Burnham School recently received 120 eggs from a hatchery in Palmer, Mass. On January 14, the eggs began hatching.

Students set up the tank and have been monitoring its water quality. Students will also study stream habitat, and at the end of the year, will release the trout in a state-approved stream near the school.

“Trout in the Classroom” is promoted through the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and the Trout Unlimited Organization. Goals of the project include fostering an appreciation of our water resources and a conservation ethic, and promoting an understanding of our local ecosystem.

SBS Science Department Chair Beth Stinchfield said “Trout in the Classroom” has interdisciplinary applications in science, social studies, mathematics, language arts, fine arts, and physical education. Stinchfield encourages people to stop by to watch the progress of the trout project.

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