Grades 6-8

Inbreeding Case Studies Activity Part 2

Classroom Activity, Educator Guide

Inbreeding Case Studies Activity Part 2

This activity extends part 1 by reassigning students to new groups to present the case study completed in part 1, and then to complete the remaining case studies. 

Testing Water Quality Near a Public Landfill

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Testing Water Quality Near a Public Landfill

The landfill dump near his home had been closed for years, but was their still a risk of chemicals lingering in the groundwater? See what this young naturalist's experiments determined.

Selective Territoriality Among Foxes

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Selective Territoriality Among Foxes

The gift of a game camera led this young naturalist to discover wildlife in his own backyard. Find out what he discovered when he focused in on the gray fox.

The Effect of Oil and Its Dispersants on the Eastern Oyster, Crassostrea virginica

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

The Effect of Oil and Its Dispersants on the Eastern Oyster, Crassostrea virginica

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010 was devastating to the ecology of the Gulf. Not only did the oil significantly threaten the survival of most aquatic species in the area surrounding the spill, it also spurred potentially destructive relief efforts. These efforts included the use of dispersants with potentially unforeseen effects.

Pumpkin Purifier: Removal of Toxic Metals from Water Using Curcurbita Agricultural Waste

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Pumpkin Purifier: Removal of Toxic Metals from Water Using Curcurbita Agricultural Waste

Because heavy metals enter water through many sources, scientists are motivated to develop purification and extraction methods. Some of these techniques have been successful, but at great cost or with detrimental effects to the environment. The purpose of this experiment was to determine if the agricultural by-product Curcurbita (pumpkin) could be used to remove metal ions from an aqueous solution. 

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