The Flint Water Crisis is a terrible event that is harmfully impacting the entire city. When the government fails to be accountable and provide the resources to fix this problem (high levels of lead in the water), the people must find a way to fix it themselves. Although we are not citizens of Flint, our research focuses on the effectiveness of removing potentially dangerous magnesium and calcium particles from water. If our research shows that our method greatly reduces levels of these minerals, we could extrapolate it to lead or other harmful particles in water.
This research aimed to find the effect four different materials (cat litter, salt, rice, and sand) had on the torque of a tire stuck in ice. This will be most helpful to the common citizen living in a colder climate. Knowing what to use to free your car from snow and ice is essential if you're living in a colder climate and frequently get stuck.
Today, freshwater sources, such as lakes and rivers, are becoming more polluted mainly because of agriculture and its overuse of artificial fertilizers. By using factors, daylight and time, this research aims to simulate different times of year. Through simulation, the goal is to estimate the time of year fertilizer substances, like ammonia, breakdown through the nitrogen cycle the slowest and create the most pollution. With this knowledge, those who work in the agricultural industry will be able to limit fertilizer use during that season to maximize pollution reduction..
Our research topic this year is comparing chemical and natural antibiotics to kill potentially harmful bacteria. We chose this topic because antibiotic resistance is becoming a huge problem in the medical field, and doctors are trying to find new ways to fight evolving bacteria.
The purpose of our experiment is to determine which pattern of tire siping is most beneficial for automobiles driving on icy or slippery roads. Currently, the majority of manufactured vehicles do not come equipped with siped tires and are in complete reliance of tire treads to provide traction. The lack of benefits to traction that current siping methods require are generally not enough to compensate for the time-consuming process of making incisions into all four tires of a vehicle. By finding an optimal siping pattern for winter road conditions, the cost of purchasing a new set of tires with winter treads could be offset by only having to pay for the cost of siping.
We will be looking at the effect of varying sub-base materials on the expansion and contraction of asphalt pavement. In our experiment, we will be testing three different sub-base materials: sand, gravel, and marble rock. We will create a small scale pavement road surface with three layers: a base, the sub-base to be tested, and an asphalt patch surface. There will be room for expansion above the patch surface. After setting the layers, they will be exposed to multiple freeze and thaw cycles, and the material expansion will be measured. By conducting this research, we hope to determine what sub-base material will be best suited in asphalt pavement applications in regions where freeze and thaw cycles are common, thus reducing the prevalence of potholes.
The purpose of this experiment was to find the effect that various levels of dissolved oxygen has on the population and growth of Escherichia coli. Algae bloom decomposition can create low levels of oxygen or even dead zones in the Great Lakes, and especially in Lake St. Clair. While E. coli is the most common single bacteria tested to find the health and safety of the water, false testings due to fluctuating oxygen levels could allow dangerous levels of other harmful bacteria to be ignored and cause illness or even death to humans, pets, and wildlife.
We are doing a field study on stormwater runoff by collecting water in the storm drains that drain directly to the lake and testing the pH, temperature, nitrates, and phosphates. The stormwater runoff in most of the drains in St. Clair Shores drains directly to Lake St. Clair, so if the stormwater runoff has high nitrates, a high pH, or high levels of phosphate, the lake's pH can increase, the nitrate levels can increase, and the phosphate levels can increase in the lake, which can cause problems such as harmful algal blooms and dead aquatic life.
Our research is looking to make a "Liquid Body Armor" out of a Non-Newtonian Fluid composition of diatomaceous earth and polyethylene glycol solution. This solution will be applied to samples of denim and will be subjected to both blunt and sharp impact forces to determine the overall protective quality of both the treated and untreated denim samples. Our research could benefit the community as a new form of protective armor. It could yield the potential to protect people in law enforcement, branches of the Military, and people who participate in potentially dangerous sports such as football. The "liquid armor" could also be a more flexible and durable alternative to the regular protective vests and padding typically worn on men and women in law enforcement and in the NFL.
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