Would you like to take part in the biggest chemistry experiment? Here at 3B Scientific, we love the opportunity for hands-on science education. So, it's great to see that the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have joined forces to reach out to school students all around the world. They're asking them for their help with the biggest chemistry experiment ever!
The Global experiment is titled 'Water: A Chemical Solution' - the double meaning of 'solution' is intentional! The project is aimed at students from primary schools to senior high schools and is devised to bring attention to two goals:
- The International Year of Chemistry is designed 'to increase the public appreciation and understanding of chemistry in meeting world needs and encouraging interest in chemistry among young people.'
- The challenge set by the Millennium Development Goal of greatly improving access to safe drinking water before 2015.
The experiment is expected to help emphasize the close relationship between water and climate change, human health and energy security. These are all areas that 3B Scientific is very keen to support.
Teachers can register themselves and their schools to join the project HERE. There's lots of help and information for schools and their students including a guide for each activity, a list of necessary material for carrying out the activities and detailed instructions on how to carry out the activities in class.
The Global Water Experiment consists of 4 activities:
- pH of the Planet: Students collect data measuring the pH of water using indicator solutions
- Salty Waters: Students explore the salinity of their local water
- Solar Still Challenge: Students will construct a solar still from household materials and experiment with its use to purify water.
- Water - No Dirt, No Germs: Students will learn how chemistry is used to help provide safe drinking water.
Click on the world map below to see which schools are taking part. You can even see which experiments they are participating in and which water sources they have tested.
Got any photos of your class participating in the experiment?