There’s WHAT in My Water

How can we make our water safe?

Key Content
chemistry, chemical reactions, chemical properties, scientific research, experimental design, environmental and human impact
An environmental researcher wearing red rubber gloves pours water out of a green bottle.

Students research harmful chemicals in their community water (or the water of a nearby community), identify how people and the environment are affected by these chemicals, and learn how the hazards came to be present. Students examine the chemical pathways and bonding properties of the contaminant, determine the chemical reactions that can effectively neutralize the contaminant, and create an informational product—supported by a scientific report—alerting the community to the dangers/impact of the contaminated water, along with recommended solutions to remediate the issue. (View a related project video.)