Water and Chemistry
Water, water, everywhere... Visit these links to explore the wonders of water. Adopt a local stream, imagine life if you couldn’t drink water from your own tap, learn how wastewater could power your gadgets, and more.
Chemists Celebrate Earth Day
Start here! There’s plenty of ways to get involved with the fun of Earth Day, including an illustrated poem contest, fun hands-on activities, and more.
Chemists Celebrate Earth Day Themes
What do you know about H2O? Plenty, after you jump to some of the links from these past Chemists Celebrate Earth Day themes about water.
- Celebrating Chemistry—CCED 2014
You’ll be well schooled in “The Wonders of Water” after trying out the activities in this publication for middle schoolers.
- Earth Day 2014
This list from the Journal of Chemical Education is packed with fantastic water demos, activities, and experiments—for free! Don’t miss the “soap boat 2.0” activity—it’s a winner.
- Global Experiment of the International Year of Chemistry
Need a lab partner? How about 128,330 lab partners? That’s how many students tried one or more of the water experiments during IYC. You can too!
- Teacher Resources—Water
No need to thirst for more water resources for grades K through 12. Take a look at this collection from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
- Water Diary
Did you take a short or long shower today? Did you wash your clothes? Keep track of how much water you use in a week.
Hear that? It’s a local waterway calling for your help! Is there one in your area that needs to be adopted?
- Chemists Celebrate Earth Day Community Event
How can you improve your community’s access to clean water? Get started with ideas here!
- Obscure Chemical Taints Water Supply
What would you do if the governor told you to stop drinking water from your tap? Learn about the chemical that caused just that situation in early 2014 in West Virginia.
- Water Chemists
What does a water chemist do? Where do they spend their days? How much school do they need? Find out here.
- More on Dehydrated Water
For a little chemistry humor, take a look at this discussion of dehydrated water—available in pill form and in cans. Just add water…
The Global Water Crisis
Almost one billion people lack reliable access to clean drinking water. What can we do about it?
- Electrifying Wastewater
Wastewater just heads down the drain, right? Think again! Learn about how if can be used to generate electricity.
- "Microsubmarines" Could Help Clean Up Oil Spills
A submarine one-tenth the size of a human hair? Yeah, that’s tiny. You’ll be even more surprised when you see what they can do.
- How Wastewater Goes from Polluted to Pure
Feel like drinking a big glass of sewage? Once it undergoes treatment, you probably are!