Chemistry students in Terry Menz's ChemClub recently put Edwardsville High School on the world map - the Global Water Experiment Map.
The American Chemical Society (ACS) ChemClub is a high school chemistry club that provides students with a unique opportunity to experience chemistry beyond the classroom.
As part of the International Year of Chemistry 2011 (IYC), designated by the United Nations, Menz's students measured acidity and other properties of a local pond and posted them to the IYC global water map.
Organizers, including the ACS, hope this will become the world's biggest chemistry experiment ever, as students, Scouts and community groups from many nations study their local water sources and post the data to the interactive, global map.
"This was a wonderful experience for my students," Menz said in a news release. "They enjoyed applying chemistry to a real world situation and learning about the importance of clean water for people throughout the world."
Menz will soon receive a certificate from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization for participating in the Global Experiment and the International Year of Chemistry.
The IYC is a worldwide celebration of the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of mankind, which includes providing safe drinking water to a thirsty world.
Classrooms and community groups may conduct the experiments and add data to the IYC map through December, 2011. Visit www.acs.org/water2011 for more details.
The American Chemical Society is a promoter of the International Year of Chemistry in the United States, and is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 163,000 members, ACS is the world's largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals, and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.
To view the EHS data, go to http://water.chemistry2011.org/web/iyc, then choose "The Experiment 1 Map" from the list under "Get Involved" on the left-hand side of the page, zoom into the U.S. and hover over Illinois until Edwardsville appears. Click there and you will see the name of Edwardsville High School, Terry Menz, and their pH measurements.
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