Environmental Science Projects

Instructor: Adam Nystrom

Adam owns a Master's degree in Professional and Digital Media Writing. During his time as a graduate assistant, he developed lesson plans for upper-level English courses.

In today's world, environmental science projects can be taken from the headlines. Read this article for some ideas on what to do for your project and how you might make a difference.

Simulating an Oil Spill

By demonstrating the effects of an oil disaster, you and your class can better understand the impact this has on the environment. Fill about half of a baking dish with water, and shape a piece of aluminum foil, no bigger than your thumb, into a boat. Place your boat in the water and fill it with oil. Make the oil spill into the water, and then begin cleaning the water with cotton balls. Observe how long this takes with just a small amount of oil.

Cleaning Naturally

You can measure the effectiveness of a big-name cleaning product against a natural substance and immediately see results. Using one of the windows in your house, pour vinegar on some newspaper and begin to wipe one half of the window. Now do the same for the other half, but this time, use a cloth and whatever cleaning product you have, utilizing the same motion and effort. How do the two sides compare, and what would this mean for the environment if more people chose vinegar as a cleaning product?


This one might require a permit, so check with your parents to be sure you won't get in trouble. Start saving scraps from food you would otherwise throw away, like egg shells and uneaten vegetables, along with fruit cores and stems. Begin creating a compost pile outside, placing your bin in the yard and stacking it with dry leaves, grass clippings and dead flowers. Add your food waste and make sure the compost pile stays damp, but not completely saturated. After a couple of months, use your pile to fertilize other plants in the yard. How can this procedure benefit the environment if it were adopted everywhere, and how could waste be reduced?

Learning More About Environmental Science

If you would like to research more in environmental science and see what other topics could be explored and discussed for projects, has the following course options available:

All of the information contained in these courses covers a range of environmental science material that may inspire you to create a project that not only intrigues your classmates, but spreads awareness of issues affecting the planet. The short, fun video lessons contained in these courses may be completed using a computer or handheld device.

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