Lead Poisoning in Oakland
Grade Level:Middle School (grades 6-8, ages 11-14)
GLOBE Teacher(s):Jessica Kunz
Report Type(s):Standard Research Report
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Our objective was to figure out how much lead pollution there is in different neighborhoods of Oakland. We wanted to see if it was true that lower income communities had more lead in their water or soil, than richer communities. The way we got all of our information was collected soil samples. We made sure to visit both low income and high income communities. At our school we tested the soil samples for lead levels using a chemical indicator solution that showed us how much lead was in certain areas. We got more positives for lead than we had predicted. It turned out that our hypothesis was correct and lower income communities did have a lot more lead than higher income communities. However, we did find lead in parks all over Oakland even the ones with higher income residents.
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