Science Project Ideas

Surf Your Watershed

Go to cfpub.epa.gov/surf/locate/index.cfm to locate your watershed or any watershed in the country. Search by zip code, city, state, stream name or other parameters. The search yields a list of groups associated with that watershed, facts and other interesting information.

Encourage your children to investigate the watershed in your next vacation spot or where a distant relative or family lives. Or, adopt a local watershed or adopt a watershed in a distant location. Communicate with conservancy groups in that area, compare and contrast regions, or plan a visit to study the area personally.

Clean Up an Oil Spill

(from Environmental Health Hazards and Children by Sue Norwood) Objective: To have a better understanding of why oil spilled in water is so difficult to remove.

Materials:
1. Shallow rectangular baking pan.
2. Cooking oil.
3. Cold water.
4. Baking soda, cotton balls, dish washing liquid, towels, and sponges.

Procedure:
1. Pour water into the pan so that it is half full.
2. Pour a small amount of oil into the water and notice the slick that form on the surface.
3.Try to clean the spill with the different cleaning materials.
4. Rate the effectiveness of the different materials