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IMG_2885.jpgThe jewel around which the Living Lab concept was developed is the Reed Brook and its surrounding habitats.  Reed Brook originates atop Kissacook Hill, behind the Norman E. Day School, runs parallel to Day School, continues across East Prescott Street and behind the new Rogers Fire Substation. It flows into the Stony Brook, which runs into the Merrimack River, which, in turn, empties into the Atlantic Ocean.

Under Carol’s guidance, the Norman E. Day School fourth graders officially adopted Reed Brook in 1998. The “Stream Team” conducted research as part of the “Adopt-a-Stream” program. The fourth grade students measured the salt content of the water and concluded the salt was the result of road salt and subsequently reported their findings to the Town Conservation Commission. From this beginning, Reed Brook became forever the charge of the Day School to maintain environmentall friently habitats for the survival of local marine and plant life.  This responsibility affords innumeralble student research possibilities.  The Living Lab at Reed Brook has become common language in Westford as an educational destination and as a way of learning.  The Living Lab is currently visited by all of grade 1 through 5 students and teacher in the Westford School System.  In addition, scientists including microbiologist, environmental scientists, botonists, engineers, entemologists, geologists, and siesmologists work with the students as visiting consultants.

A special "thank you" is extended to Mr. Kevin Regan, Principal of the Norman E. Day School, for willingly providing the space and enthusiastic support for the Living Lab. Recognition is also given to all of the grade 1-5 classroom, art, and instructional technology teachers who interact with their students at the Living Lab and continue the initiatives as integral components of the science and art programs at the schools.

Throughout the website, we have tried to acknowledge those who have helped the Living Lab initiative. We apologize if we inadvertently omitted any names and hope you will inform us of any errors so that we can address them.