01 Chemistry Research

New 2020 Event 01 topic!!!

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2020 Topic: Purification of Water

OBJECTIVE & BACKGROUND

Water is essential for life on earth. Without water, there would be no life, but our potable water has to be clean enough to not cause damage when used.

Contaminated water can lead to serious public health effects.  The events in Flint, Michigan brought water purification into the public eye.  This is a worldwide and nationwide issue - how can we sustain our planet without safe water? 

EVENT SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS:

Part 1 - Conduct Literature Research to Address the following 

  1. The relevance of clean water to human health
  2. The challenges associated with maintaining sustainable levels of clean water
  3. Typical contaminants of water
  4. How water is purified by treatment plants
  5. Other methods for water purification
  6. The Clean Water Act and its impacts on our drinking water

Part 2 - Conduct Original Research

  1. Using water from the outdoors (e.g. stream, pond, lake), design and implement a methodology to purify your water
  2. Compare the quality of the water before and after purification
  3. Create a short video of your experiment, demonstrating your purification process and how you assessed the water quality.  The video should be under 10 minutes and posted to YouTube.

Part 3 - Create a Written Report of What You Learned in Parts 1 and 2

A research paper that includes information addressing the following and that demonstrates understanding and information from the literature research above. This should include the following:

  • An introduction that describes the following:
    1. The relevance of clean water and the challenges associated with maintaining sustainable levels
    2. Common contaminants of water and how they are removed by treatments plants
    3. A summary of the Clean Water Act and its impacts
  • An experimental section that clearly describes your purification procedure, the controls that you implemented, and the tests that you ran to assess the water quality
    1. A diagram or figure may be useful
  • A results section that describes your findings, comparing before and after purification.  You should also discuss any controls.  Tables, images, and figures are useful in this section.
  • A conclusion section regarding your successes and potential improvements that you could implement in the future.

Event Day

Teams will present their short, 3-minute PowerPoint presentation along with samples of the water before and after purification.  Teams should also be prepared for a 3-minute Q&A.  The PowerPoint file must be <EMAILED UPLOADED?>.  The presentation should focus solely on the experimental, results and conclusions sections.  Data should be presented in a graphical or pictorial manner.  Conclusions should be clearly supported by the data.  The team members should equally contribute during the Q&A and presentation.   

Teams will present their short, 3-minute PowerPoint presentation along with samples of the water before and after purification, as well as any materials that support their presentation.  Teams should also be prepared for a 3-minute Q&A.  The PowerPoint file must be <EMAILED UPLOADED?>.  The presentation should focus solely on the experimental, results and conclusions sections.  Data should be presented in a graphical or pictorial manner.  Conclusions should be clearly supported by the data.  The team members should equally contribute during the Q&A and presentation.   

Teams should bring samples of the water before and after purification

Presentations will be scheduled for the morning of the Chemistry Olympics.  (6 minutes maximum: 3 minute prepared presentation + 3 minutes Q&A)  Specific laboratory data collected should be presented to the judges in a graphical/pictorial manner.  Conclusions from experimentation should be clearly supported by the data provided.

                                                                                                                                                  

GENERAL RESEARCH REQUIREMENTS

IMPORTANT:  Learn about the requirements concerning Primary Sources, formatting and citations for your research paper: Research Guidelines and Requirements

The Chemistry Research Paper must be received by the NJCO Coordinator by the deadline indicated in:: Requirement Overview

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

GENERAL JUDGING CRITERIA

Based on above, will be posted later.