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Product 15101

Forensic Groundwater Contamination - Student Laboratory KitBy: The Flinn Staff

Forensic Groundwater Contamination Laboratory Kit for forensics and environmental science provides a hypothetical situation and prompts you to determine the extent of a pollutant's spread and to pinpoint the source.

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A rancher drills a well on the outskirts of a rural community and submits a sample for analysis. A potentially serious pollutant is found. The student's assignment is to determine the extent of the pollutant's spread and to pinpoint its source so the community can assess and remedy the problem. In the process the students will select test well sites, “analyze” samples from the selected wells, map the extent and concentration levels of the pollutant, and submit proposals for addressing the problem. Complete for 30 students working in groups of three. Consumables are easily replaced for indefinite use.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.B: Chemical Reactions
MS-ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes
MS-ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems
HS-ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes

Crosscutting Concepts

Patterns
Systems and system models
Stability and change

Performance Expectations

MS-LS1-6: Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms.
HS-LS1-5: Use a model to illustrate how photosynthesis transforms light energy into stored chemical energy.