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Innovating Science® - The Case of the Contaminated Lake

The Case of the Contaminated Lake

Product # IS9027

You are a scientist from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) visiting Lakeville for the annual water quality inspection of Pine Lake, however, something has gone awry. Someone intentionally polluted the lake! Perform chemical tests for contaminants on water and soil samples, analyze fibers, fingerprints, and footprints, and investigate suspect activity on social media in this environmental-forensic chemistry activity to uncover the culprit behind the crime. This kit contains enough materials for 15 groups of students. Teacher’s Manual and Student Study Guide copymaster included.

Aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)*
Disciplinary Core Ideas: PS1.A; PS1.B; LS2.C; ESS3.C
Performance Expectations: MS-PS1-2; MS-LS2-4; MS-ESS3.C
Cross Cutting Concepts: Patterns; Cause and Effect
Engineering Practices: Engaging in Argument from Evidence; 

Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

Kit Includes:

Simulated Lake Water Sample, 250 mL
Phosphorous Extraction Solution, 360 mL
Phosphorous Reagent #2, 30 mL
Universal pH Indicator, 20 mL & Color Chart
Iron Indicator Solution, 20 mL
Factory Soil Sample, 50 g
Farm Soil Sample, 50 g
Restaurant Soil Sample, 50 g
Copper Indicator Powder, 30 g
Phosphorous Indicator Powder, 30 g
75 Pipettes
5 Plastic Scoops
Crime Scene & 3 Suspect Fabric Samples
Microscope Slides, 72/Box
Coverslips, 100/Box

Materials Needed But Not Supplied:

Test Tubes & Racks
Deionized or Distilled Water
Magnifying Lenses

*"Next Generation Science Standards" is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards was involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

WARNING: This product can expose you to Phenolphthalein, Methanol and Methyl isobutyl ketone, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to

Innovating Science® products are For Laboratory Use Only

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