About H2O Q in the Classroom

Environmental water chemistry

The ACS-Midland Local Section (American Chemical Society) launched the “REGIONAL” experiment in 2019 to equip middle school classrooms with NGSS aligned environmental water quality chemistry activities. The activities cover many STEM NGSS categories and integrate categories outside of science to providing in-classroom, robust, and fully implementable program. Environmental science encompasses all STEM disciplines and presents a very real example right outside your classroom window. Experiencing the chemistry of this vast field can equip students with the problem-solving tools to work through the challenges their generation will face in the coming years. The analysis of key markers in the environment (phosphate, nitrate, turbidity, pH, dissolved oxygen, and conductivity) incorporates numerous chemistry concepts and materials.


Lesson plans that meet science, writing, math and geography standards

This novel project design leverages the scientific expertise of ACS professionals and classroom modular unit design for teacher implementation. The environmental science at the core of this STEM experience is very time relevant, affords the opportunity to perform place based “real” science measurements, and through the geographic web design creates a regional community of next generation scientist understanding the science of their environment.


Crowdsourced data with interactive web sharing

Your classroom or organization participating in theses community science measurements can save and share their results with the science community and the public. After exploring the chemistries involved in measuring the key water quality parameters and collecting data you can share your results with classrooms (and the public) across the Great Lakes region using the ArcGIS data map.


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