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11.4: Materials and Resources

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12

Each mini-lesson lists all materials and websites specific to the topic. Below are all websites that will be referenced and materials that are required.


  1. RiverWeb Water Quality Simulator: http://mvhs1.mbhs.edu/riverweb/ (one of numerous simulations on the Maryland Virtual High School website)
  2. Arizona State University Decision Center: http://watersim.asu.edu/Default.aspx
  3. City of Tempe (AZ) Water Utilities Website: http://www.tempe.gov/water/
  4. NASA Water Contaminant Control: http://www.sti.nasa.gov/tto/Spinoff2010/er_4.html
  5. Water Contaminant Control Article USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/space/2011-07-31-nasa-environmental-cleanup_n.htm
  6. Plumbing the Space Station: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2001/ast03apr_2/
  7. Water on The Space Station: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/living/factsheets/water.html
  8. Turning Urine into Water: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/11/081111210838.htm
  9. New Menu Item on the Space Station: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=new-menu-item-on-space-st
  10. "How much water is in my latte": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nekqKEsbdU
  11. http://www.epa.gov/WaterSense/pubs/indoor.html
  12. http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/qahome.html
  13. http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/qahome.html


  • 100 ml sand
  • 100ml beaker full of gravel
  • 100 ml macaroni
  • 1 charcoal briquette
  • 1 coffee filter
  • 1 liter soda bottle, empty
  • Basic lab glassware and funnels
  • Each team of students may bring 3 additional items from home to use in their filtration system. This may not include any commercial filtration systems.
  • Vernier Lab Quest or similar with a variety probes. (If this technology is not available, you may use pH paper, pool testing kits or various water quality testing strips that are available inexpensively on line.)
  • Water collection bottles

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