Metal Pollution of the Environment
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Ideas and Sample Projects by Grade Level

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Elementary School - Grades 4-6
P=Project   E=Experiment
Test the effects of the heavy metal copper (Cu) on an aquatic environment containing algae, worms, fish, and plants. [E]
A new, clean, biological way of extracting copper from ore (biolixiviation). [P]
Test the effects of the heavy metal copper (Cu) on an aquatic environment containing algae, worms, fish, and plants. [E]
The Effects of Gold Mining on the Environment [E]
Are There Dangerous Levels of Lead in Local Soil? [E]
Comparing the Lead Content of Drinking Water in Various Schools [P]
Water Pollution Science Fair Projects & Experiments
Interdisciplinary Topic: Metals
Middle School - Grades 7-9
P=Project   E=Experiment
Concurrent Removal of Heavy Metal Ions from Water and Hydrogen Production using TiO2 nanotubes [P]
Using Banana Peels to Remove Copper from Water [E]
Find out whether natural products, such as Dungeness crab shells and Nopal cactus gel, can filter out the metals, iron and copper, dissolved in water. [E]
Pros and cons of CANDU (CANada Deuterium Uranium) nuclear power generator, the way it works, its history, and its economical and environmental impact. [P]
High Resolution Uranium Mapping of School Sites in the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District, Palos Verdes, CA [E]
Test different Kinds of water for pH, dissolved oxygen, nitrate, phosphates, coli form bacteria, iron and hardness. [P]
Determine if the absence of silicate or iron has a great restriction to diatoms (plankton) uptake of CO2 and thus hinder a viable solution to global warming. [E] [E]
Which plant (Euphorbia, Blue Fescue, Umbrella Plant, or Kale) would decontaminate the most amount of zinc contamination from the soil [E]
Test if mustard plants could be used for phytoremediation of Zinc. [E] [E]
A Comparison of Two Potential Lead Bioremediating Plants [E]

The Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina: Removing Lead from Floodwater Contaminated Wood [E]
How does acid rain affect metals? [P]
Determine whether local soil contains dangerous levels of lead. [E]
Use a Color-based Test to Measure the Concentration of Iron in Water [E]
Using Daphnia to Monitor Water Toxicity [E]
Copper in the Santa Cruz Mountain Drinking Water [E]
Test for lead presence in different home products. [E]
Find the level of copper in drinking water [E]
Are Copper Pipes a Significant Source of Copper in Drinking Water? [E]
Which middle school in your district has the best water quality by testing pH levels, total alkalinity, total hardness, iron levels, copper levels, nitrate levels, and nirtrite levels? [E]
Water Pollution Science Fair Projects & Experiments
Interdisciplinary Topic: Metals
High School - Grades 10-12
P=Project   E=Experiment
Gravitactic Effects of Copper Pollution on Glucose Metabolism in Euglena gracilis [E]
Simple and Cost-Effective Detection of Cadmium in Water Using an Electrochemical Sensor Made with Gold Nanoparticles [E]
The Abilities of Water Weeds in Removing Heavy Metal Ions [P]
The Effects of Upwelling, Eutrophication, and Trace Metals on the Bloom Dynamics of Pseudo-nitzschia [E]
Cleaning Water of Bacteria Via Silver [E]
Determine whether a water body contains the heavy metal copper. [E]
Investigate the effect of lobster shell chitin on filtering wastewater metallic ions. [E]
Quantify and compare soil uranium and radon concentrations at different school locations. [E]
Determine the viability of 'green cleaning' using rhizofiltration by looking at the efficiency of an aquatic plant such as elodea canadensis in the removal of copper from polluted effluents across a broad range of contamination levels. [E]
Nasal Responses of Exposure to Ultrafine Iron Soot Particles in Mice [E]

Determine whether a water body contains the heavy metal copper. [E]
Test the affects of increased phytoplankton growth due to iron fertilization on the amount of dissolved oxygen below the water surface of an ocean environment. [E]
Effects of zinc on the Indian Mustard Seed (Brassica juncea) and how good of a hyper-accumulator of zinc this plant species is. [P]
The Ability of Baccharis salicifolia (mule-fat) to Absorb Cadmium as an Effluent: Implications for Phytoremediation [E]
Lead Bullets Poisoned the Condors. Are Grizzly Bears Next? [E]
Find out if lead in soil could be phytoremediated using black mustard. [E] [E]
How Much Mercury Are We Really Taking in? [P]
Water Pollution Science Fair Projects & Experiments
Interdisciplinary Topic: Metals
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