2011 is the International Year of Chemistry (IYC 2011). It is a global celebration of the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind. Teachers and students from around the world are invited to explore one of Earth's most vital resources, water. Through the Global Chemistry Experiment ‘Water: A Chemical Solution’ students will explore the chemistry of water and the role of water in society and the environment. The results of their investigations will contribute to a Global Experiment, which will possibly become the biggest chemistry experiment ever.
The Global Water Experiment consists of four component activities:
1. pH of the Planet: Students collect data measuring the pH of water using indicator solutions.
2. Salty Waters: Students explore the salinity of their local water.
3. Solar Still Challenge: Students will construct a solar still from household materials and experiment with its use to purify water.
4. Water: No Dirt, No Germs: Students will learn how chemistry is used to help provide safe drinking water.
Each downloadable activity includes a teacher’s guide, a list of necessary material for carrying out the activities and explicit instructions on how to carry out the activities in class.
There are several ways to participate during the Gobal Water Experiment:
• Teachers may register themselves and their schools to join the project
• Teachers can share their stories and experiences using the forums
• Data obtained with students when carrying out the experiments can be uploaded to contribute to the global data collection.
A visualised world map with all the global data submitted till then on a local, regional and international level will be available from June 2011. From then on, data will contribute to the map as soon as it is uploaded.