Now that school has started many students and parents have realized that a science fair looms in the near future… and the SMART ones have started looking for ideas already. The rest will wait until the last minute and wind up putting a bunch of ants in a jar and say they started an ant farm.

We recently received an email from a parent whose son and friend want to perform arsenic testing on a number of water samples in their area and chart the results.

My question: My son and a co-student are wanting to do a science fair project on arsenic in the ground water. We wanted to check many samples. However, the cost of the kits are prohibitive. Is there a way that the cost of the kits may be reduced for such an endeavor?? (we wanted to use the 100 sample kit.) We would love to use your product and have it on display for the project. Please let us know if this is a possibility.. thank you so very much.

It pleases us to hear that some youngsters have taken an interest in doing a lot of ground water testing for arsenic using an Arsenic Quick Test Kit… because we know they work very well, do not require special training to use, and use safer reagents compared to other home arsenic test kits currently available on the market.

Having spoken with members of that company’s staff on numerous occasions, we can assure you that other people have successfully used versions of their field-ready arsenic test kit in science fairs in the past and done quite well.

UPDATE (8/14/2013): Previously we reported that we did not carry the Arsenic Quick Test Kit, but that has changed and the price for smaller versions as well as larger version of the product have all gone down since we first posted this article… almost three years ago!

Miniature arsenic test kits for spot testing?

In addition to full-sized arsenic test kits, we also now carry 2-test and 5-test versions of the Arsenic Quick as well as a version designed specifically for testing wood samples for arsenic.

Part Number: 481297-5
<2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15, 18, 24, 30, 40, 45 & >50ppb
5 Tests

Part Number: 481396-5
0, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 & >500 ppb
5 Tests

Part Number: 481396-5
0, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 & >500 ppb
5 Tests

Part Number: 481396-W
Arsenic Test Kit for Wood
5 Tests

If memory serves us right, a student won some sort of National Award using an Arsenic Quick test kit.

Other water test kits for science fair projects?

Not all students have access to well water or surface water… but that does NOT mean they can’t use water testing as the basis of their science project. Why? Because even tap water varies from place to place and in some places its quality may vary on a daily basis.

WaterSafe Science Fair Test Kit
Test 4 Water Sources

Test 10 Water Sources

WaterSafe Science Project test kits allow students of all ages to participate in educational, hands-on activities related to water quality. Avaliable in two sizes, 4-packs and 10-packs, the WaterSafe science project test kits come with all the supplies needed to test for Lead, Bacteria, Pesticides, Nitrates, Chlorine, Hardness and pH.

Each kit also comes with step-by-step instructions, an outline for the water testing project, and a convenient data sheet to record the results.

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