International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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School Packs Global Water Experiment in Sri Lanka

Activity by N.M. Sanjaya Hettigedara   |   added on Jan 26, 2012   |   Sri Lanka Official_iyc_logo

Sponsor(s): IUPAC, UNESCO

Being the focal point for IYC 2011 and the Global Water Experiment in Sri Lanka, this Institute has received 5 School Packs and 5 Sets of Printed Material from IUPAC/UNESCO for distribution to the schools in needs of equipment to participate in the Global Experiment.

 

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and UNESCO have developed a set of activities to entice students around the world to learn how chemistry contributes to one of the most important resources in their daily lives, water. The teachers and students from all around the world have been invited to explore this Earth’s most vital resource. Through the Global Chemistry experiment “Water: A Chemical Solution’ students will explore the chemistry of water and the role of water in society and the environment. The results of their investigations will contribute to a Global Experiment, which will become the biggest chemistry experiment, ever. (The details of the experiment are in the website: water.chemistyry2011.org/web/iyc

The Global Chemistry Experiment is carried out by children of all ages in schools around the world. The activities provide students with an appreciation of chemical investigation and data collection and validation. The schools are able to conduct the 4 experiments (pH, Salinity, Filtration and Disinfection and desalination) in class and submit their results to the web site until March 31st 2012, the latest. The results will be displayed on an IYC data collection website as an interactive global data map - demonstrating the value of international cooperation in science. After submitting the data the students will receive a certificate of participation from the IUPAC/UNESCO.

Being the focal point for IYC 2011 and the Global Water Experiment in Sri Lanka, this Institute has received 5 School Packs and 5 Sets of Printed Material from IUPAC/UNESCO  for distribution to the schools in needs of equipment to participate in the Global Experiment. Although the equipments valued at US $ 1103 have been sent free of charge, this Institute had to bear the cost of customs duties and handling charges of nearly Rs.150,000/-  for their clearance. 

 

The IChemC decided to distribute these five (5) experimental kits free of charge to five (5) schools selected at Provincial level, from among those who performed best at the Inter school Titration Competition held from 15th-21st November 2011 by this Institute. The schools qualified are:

                Devi Balika Vidyalalya, Colombo 8

                Kuliyapitiya Central College, Kuliyapitiya

                Vidyananda College, Mulliyawalai

                Wesley High School, Kalmunai

                Vijitha Central College, Dickwella


Topic: celebrating chemistry, workshops, educational materials, demonstrations, analytical chemistry Audience: students, educators, teachers, educational institutions, secondary school students, high schools, school children, secondary schools
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