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Team Name: Salt Miners
Members: Penny Blue (Lyons High School, Lyons, KS) and Nancy Fischer (Valle Catholic High School, Ste. Genevieve, MO)


Project Name: Salt of the Earth


(one sentence that must include the STEM Topic or Project and vision for what you want to accomplish.)
High school chemistry students analyze chemical variation of salt deposites from around the world.

Project Planning

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What is the topic of study? Chemistry of Salt (NaCl)
What are the outcomes? Analyze chemical make-up and compare properties of salt found at different locations around the world.
How would the students be assessed?
  • Laboratory Techniques
  • Communication of Findings (from analysis of salt samples)
What will they be doing?
  • Perform appropriate chemical tests to analyze salt samples
  • Produce a report communicating analytical results
  • Share report with others around the world


Ages, types of students, type of course(s) or subjects that this could appropriately be used with.
High School Chemistry students


What time of year (state in months NOT season -- i.e. Sept NOT "Fall" as hemispheres have different reasons.). Will it have simultaneous events? Consider holidays, etc. Is there a "perfect" time for this (also think about the topic you have in mind.)
Does not have to be simultaneous events, but probably middle of school year.


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Google Docs to write and share reports. Wiki to discuss analysis techniques


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Salt is ubiquitous and, according to the Salt Institute, has more than 14,000 uses. In 2002, world production was estimated at 210 million metirc tons with the United States, China, Germany, Indiat and Canada being the five top producers. According to the Salt Institute, salt has more than 14,000 uses. In addition to its uses in cooking and food preservation, it is used in the manurfacturing of pulp and paper, in setting dyes in .
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The Future

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