Project M – 1000 samples, 100 schools, one great big experiment
Students in 8xy2 have joined schools from all over the UK participating in a pioneering citizen science project to help scientists to better understand calcium carbonate. ‘Project M’ allows students to contribute to ‘real life’ scientific research, take part in genuine experiments and publish their results in a scientific peer-reviewed journal.
For their part in Project M, the Year 8 students made 10 samples of calcium carbonate using specially selected additives, which were then sent, along with hundreds of other samples from around the UK, to the to be analysed by x-ray crystallography. The results will be analysed in a 24 hour period, which will produce a huge set of results which will hopefully create a scientific publication.
You can follow the progress of the project on Twitter @DLSProjectM