Vista del Valle Elementary/
Harvey Mudd College
Collaboration in Science,
Mathematics, & Writing
First-year students at Harvey Mudd College are mentoring fifth and sixth grade students at Vista del Valle Elementary School in science, mathematics, and writing. Our collaboration provides a hands-on experimental science project aligned to the grade five California state mathematics and science content standards for every Vista student. Specifically, we are measuring lead in soil from vehicle emissions throughout Claremont. The Harvey Mudd students reflect on the science, engineering, and social demands which brought tetraethyl lead to the market as a gasoline additive for over sixty years. This project exemplifies the Havery Mudd College Mission Statement and is made possible by funding from the National Science Foundation, the Ludwick Family Foundation, the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation, and Harvey Mudd College.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0410115. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Analysis WebCam See soil samples collected at Vista run on our atomic absorbance spectrometer. Samples typically are run on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 9-11:00 a.m. and some Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons from 3-4:00 p.m. Usually you can see our robot here!
AA Movie Watch a movie of our laboratory robot (named Herman) changing samples for the atomic absorbance spectrometer.
Bernard Field Station Lead Map Here are the final results of our work last year at the Bernard Field Station on U.S. Route 66 just across the street from Harvey Mudd College. Each dot is a sample collected in 2005. The colors of the dots show the lead content of the soil. Can you find Phake Lake and the old Infirmary?
HMC Laboratory WebCam Be a fly on the wall in lab! Control the camera to watch Harvey Mudd students work in laboratory. HMC students work in lab on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 1:15 to 5:15 p.m.
Laboratory Notebooks See what a scientist writes in his or her laboratory notebook! See examples of what Harvey Mudd students do back in their laboratory.
Photo Album of our collaboration See Vista del Valle and Harvey Mudd students work on mathematics. Vista students are pretty good about taking soil samples, sieving them, then putting them in packets to be analyzed by their Harvey Mudd collaborators back in lab. Was that a worm I saw?
Vista/Wheeler Park Map Here are our results shown as a satellite photo of Vista del Valle and Wheeler Park. Each dot is a sample location. The colors of the dots show the lead content of the soil.You can dislay the name of the Vista del Valle student who helped collect each sample. Can you find your classroom?

Claremont Unified School District |
Vista del Valle Elementary School

Harvey Mudd College |
Department of Chemistry