The Lemonade Project

The Lemonade Project enlightens and empowers youth through the use of science, art and activism. Using a CATTFISH digital apparatus to measure water quality, young students tested the drinking water in six of the county’s neighborhoods. Then they publicized their findings in neighborhood lemonade stands to inspire concern about pollution in our water. Students built lemonade stands in the city’s parks, museums and neighborhoods to spread the word. To inspire curiosity among lemonade stand customers, students priced the lemonade according to the quality of the water used to make it, offering lemonade made with tap water from several neighborhoods. When asked about the different prices, students spoke with customers about how to measure water quality, the importance of clean water, and the current threats to Pittsburgh’s water table.

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