Over the last couple of weeks, 9E1 having been making drugs testing kits for the 2012 London Olympic Games. We were set the challenge of designing and making them over the course of 6 lessons. The best kit is to be entered in the actual competition and will hopefully make it to the finals, held at the Science museum later in the year.
First we had to test the 7 substances that, in combinations made up the ‘drugs’, recording results for their pH and what happened when combined with iron sulphate, sodium carbonate and hydrochloric acid, and recorded the results.
Next we designed the kits, making sure we had included everything required (e.g. Test tubes, goggles, reagents, aprons, results tables) and they could be used easily (you need a test tube rack to use the test tubes properly)
Finally we created our drugs testing kits, using cardboard, bubble wrap, tissue paper, yogurt cups, and other useful items we had at home that could be brought into use.
When manufacturing our project, we had to think about lots of things including safety and storage. We had to make sure the test tubes wouldn’t break during transport and that none of the liquids would spill.
The product was good fun and made us think a lot about using science in real life situations.