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Mining Chocolate Chips from Cookies

Mining Chocolate Chips from Cookies | Science Fair Projects | STEM Projects
Get ready to explore the environmental impact of mining! Although mining is crucial for industry and fossil fuels, its consequences can be devastating due to the release of dangerous toxins into water, deforestation, and air pollution. Join us as we discover what happens when we "mine" using cookies.


The hypothesis is: Do miners earn more money if they protect the environment by mining carefully, or if they harm the environment by mining quickly?

Method & Materials

You will use two chocolate chip cookies and a bent paper clip to mine the chips out of the cookies. You will have two minutes to mine each cookie. You will count the number of chips you get out of the cookie and the number of cookie chunks (environmental damage).
You will need two chocolate chip cookies, one bent paper clip, a paper towel or newspaper, a timer, a lab worksheet, a pencil, and a calculator (optional).


After completing the experiment, it was found that miners can earn more money if they protect the environment by mining carefully. The observation that stood out was that mining quickly caused more environmental damage than mining carefully.

Why do this project?

This science project is interesting and unique because it teaches students about the importance of protecting the environment from mining damage.

Also Consider

Experiment variations to consider include mining with different types of cookies and using different tools to mine the chips.

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