Students demonstrate water quality tests

MEDIA ADVISORY Public Event at the Education Training Fair in Montreal

OTTAWA Lettuce seeds and onion bulbs are two of the ingredients that will be used by high school students demonstrating simple water quality tests at the Education Training Fair this week at Montreals Place Bonaventure.

Canadas International Development Research Centre (IDRC) invites media to the presentation, which will involve students from Granbys Sacr-Coeur high school.

The demonstration will take place at the Education Training Fair, Place Bonaventure, on Friday, October 13, 2000 at the IDRC stand (No. 816), from 3:00 to 3:30 pm.

Lcole secondaire Sacr-Coeur is part of AQUAtox 2000, the International School Network on Water Toxicity. This Network, which gathers more than 90 schools around the world, was created by IDRC in 1998. AQUAtox 2000 was designed to give students an opportunity to participate in experimental research while creating a global picture of the state of water on the planet.

The students and teachers were also able to work hand-in-hand with scientists from both industrialized and developing countries. The young student researchers have been learning how to utilize simple and inexpensive experimental tests to measure chemical toxicity and microbiological pollution in water samples taken directly from their local environments. In addition to using lettuce seeds and onion bulbs, the students have been conducting the tests with fresh-water hydra, a microscopic aquatic animal, and Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S).

AQUAtox 2000 is part of IDRCs Ecosystem Approaches to Human Health Program.

Canadas International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is a public corporation created by the Parliament of Canada in 1970 to help developing-country scientists and communities find their own solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems through research.


Contact: Diane Hardy
International Development Research Center

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