The “Big Splash” global school experiment on water quality to be launched on World Water Day
This year’s edition of World Water Day, on 22 March, which will be officially celebrated in Cape Town (South Africa), will see the launch of a global chemistry experiment involving the testing of water quality by school children all over the world.
The ‘Big Splash’ is one the highlights of the day’s events in Cape Town, which have been organised with all of the United Nations agencies that are members of UN-Water, including UNESCO. It will kick off a global chemistry experiment “Water a Chemical Solution.”
For the event, 1,000 15 to 18-year-old students in the Cape region of South Africa will test water quality, from 22 to 25 March, measuring salinity and acidity, and learning how it is filtered and distilled.
This initiative, launched by UNESCO and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) as part of the International Year of Chemistry, aims to raise the awareness of primary and secondary school students of the importance of water as a vital resource. Students will be able to register the results of their tests in an interactive on-line map.
After its launch in South Africa, the experiment will be available to interested schools all over the world.
Agnès Bardon, UNESCO Division of public Information.
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