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Grades 912. Explore the causes and effects of water pollution with this laboratory activity. Students first perform a serial dilution to grasp the concepts of ppm and ppb. They test the water in their area for contaminants, including dissolved oxygen, nitrates, and phosphates. The lab concludes with students designing and conducting their own experiment to determine the effects of water pollution on living organisms. Kit includes enough materials for at least 30 students working in groups.
|Brown Planaria Cultures||3||Included|
|E. coli Culture||1||Included|
|White Vinegar, 1 pt||1||Included|
|Plastic Cups, 9 oz||30||Included|
|Plastic Lids, 9 oz||30||Included|
|Water Monitoring Kit||1||Included|
|Plastic Test Tubes||10||Included|
|Hydro Fertilizer, 10 g||1||Included|
|Corn Oil, 40 mL||2||Included|
|Vials, 1 Dram||8||Included|
|Blue #1 Dye, 30 mL||2||Included|
|Dissolved Oxygen Tablets||40||Included|
|Teacher’s Manual with Reproducible Student Guide||1||Included|
|Distilled Water, 6 L||1||Needed, Not Included|
|Small Graduated Cylinders||10||Needed, Not Included|
|Thermometers||10||Needed, Not Included|
|Stopwatches or Timers||10||Needed, Not Included|
|Beakers for Waste, 250 mL||10||Needed, Not Included|
|Small Beakers||10||Needed, Not Included|
|Wash Bottles||10||Needed, Not Included|
|Permanent Markers||10||Needed, Not Included|
|Water Pollutants (e.g., bleach, detergent, pesticide, weed killer, “green” detergents)||Needed, Not Included|
|Springwater, Filtered Pond Water, Conditioned Tap Water||Needed, Not Included|
|Tap Water Conditioner (optional)||Needed, Not Included|
|Yeast (optional)||Needed, Not Included|
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