04 Website Design 2022

2022 Topic: Chemistry and Presence of Lead

This event is limited to the first 18 entries

Before designing your website, read the two reference articles below:

  1. How Lead Ended Up In Flint’s Tap Water  (https://cen.acs.org/articles/94/i7/Lead-Ended-Flints-Tap-Water.html)

  2. The Flint Water Crisis: What's Really Going On?   (https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/resources/highschool/chemmatters/past-issues/2016-2017/december-2016/flint-water-crisis.html

These references will provide useful information for your website:

  1. New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection for Lead Exposure Reduction: https://www.nj.gov/dep/lead/water.html  

  2. Map showing the distribution of lead pipes within the United States: https://www.nrdc.org/lead-pipes-widespread-used-every-state 

  3. Sample map with directions to help you make your interactive map: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1Xey19Nt9afpdL6wc1ysM_ZNhKQpQ5ilv&ll=28.563083397360725%2C-38.50226470210941&z=2 


In 2016, Flint, Michigan, made headlines around the world as it was revealed that blood-lead levels in children (in areas where lead in water had increased) had nearly doubled since the city started pumping in drinking water from a new source without properly treating it—a hasty, cost-saving move. The inadequate treatment and testing of the water resulted in a series of major water quality and health issues for Flint residents.



Chemistry and Research Content  ~50% total

  • The chemistry of lead-both physical and chemical properties

  • The Flint water crisis - what caused it and how was the crisis corrected?  A clear understanding of the chemistry involved is important

  • What are safe levels of lead in drinking water?

  • Home testing kits for lead – what is the chemistry behind them and how reliable are they? 

  • Health hazards for lead exposure – for both infants/children and adults and are the effects reversible?

  • Removal of lead from the body – naturally and by chelation therapy

  • Your site will include an interactive map of the U. S. that includes the following data for at least 5 states.  Data will include the number or percent of lead service lines state

Research Practices  ~10% total

  • Includes citations for ALL sources of information

  • Used at least three non-web resources such as academic papers and science books

Website Design  ~20% total

  • Site is attractive

  • Site is easy to use and navigate and information is easy to find

  • Interactive map works and is attractive

  • All links work

Presentation ~20% total

  • Presentation is well-organized

  • Presenters have a good understanding of both chemistry and website design concerns

  • Presenters clearly and correctly answered all questions asked by the judges