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Students from Lenape High School put their school on the map — the Global Water Experiment Map — when they decided to take part in an international experiment.
High schoolers in Kim Murray’s are part of the American Chemical Society (ACS) ChemClub, 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), so designated by the United Nations, Murray’s students measured acidity and other properties of the Cooper River 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,” said Murray. “They enjoyed applying chemistry to a real world situation and learning about the importance of clean water for people throughout the world.”
Murray will soon receive a certificate from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization for her participation in the Global Experiment and commitment to the goals of the International Year of Chemistry. The IYC is a worldwide celebration of the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind, 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.
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