Uranium: A Silent Killer
School: SHIPROCK HIGH
Area of Science: Environmental
Abstract: This project's problem is that Uranium mining on the Navajo Nation is a threat to human health. In the Navajo culture, uranium mines were a part of everyday life. Men and women worked in or near the mines daily. Children played close to the mines and sometimes at the mouths of the caves. Unfortunately, the U.S. government did not reveal any of the health risks. Miners who worked in and around the uranium developed several types of cancer which led to early deaths. While working, the miners accidentally spread uranium deposits throughout their land. Two examples occurred as the workers whose shoes carried deposits walked from work to their home, and again when uranium spilled or splashed out of trucks as it was being transported. Uranium could also be found in various water sources. Needless to say, many people were affected by this harmful substance.
We would like to create a program with starlogo to show the uranium deposit being carried to another patch. We could use the shoe method or the truck method to do that. By that we mean we could show one turtle who walked home with uranium on its shoe and the other showing the deposit falling off a turtle.
We plan to talk to former uranium miners about their conditions. We will also be visiting old uranium mines as well.
Sponsoring Teacher: Vernetta Noble
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