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You will have from November 17th-December 10th to collect information and research your topics. We will be having a special Science Olympiad practice on December 9th and 11th. You will be required to write your essay at that practice. You may bring any materials or research that you need, and you will have from 4-6pm to write your essay here at school. If you cannot make those days, a special day and time will be arranged for you, but it must be written at school.

3rd Grade Essay Topics:

Please choose only one topic and answer the question. Your response should be a minimum of one page and a maximum of two pages.



  1. If you could get a brain implant that would give you instant and full access to the Internet would you get it? Why?



  1. If you could have a bionic body part, what would you choose to have? Why?



  1. Do you think there will ever be robots that will be dangerous to humans? Why?



  1. Do you think that robots will eventually hurt mankind because they will eventually take away jobs that humans do? Why?

PLEASE READ THE DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY.

You will have from November 17th-December 10th to collect information and research your topics. We will be having a special Science Olympiad practice on December 9th and 11th. You will be required to write your essay at that practice. You may bring any materials or research that you need, and you will have from 4-6pm to write your essay here at school. If you cannot make those days, a special day and time will be arranged for you, but it must be written at school.

4th Grade Essay Topics

Please choose only one topic, and pick a side. Write about whether you support the issue or you are against the issue, and explain why. You will be required to provide evidence and examples to support your opinion.



  1. Genetically Modified Food

The issue: Should genetically modified (GM) crops continue to be produced and sold throughout the U.S.? Or do the potential dangers involved in the new technology pose too great a risk?

Supporters of GM foods say: GM crops are the logical next step in agriculture, and they have never been proven to be harmful to human beings. The next generation of GM crops could produce health benefits--such as vegetables with extra vitamins or fruit containing important vaccines and antibiotics--that would be immensely helpful to developing countries.

Critics of GM foods say: Interfering with the genes of plants could disturb entire ecosystems and result in unintended environmental and health consequences. Also, because the plight of developing nations is the result of far broader issues of social injustice, no amount of GM food could truly fix the problems there.


  1. Hybrid Vehicles

The issue: Are hybrid cars, which run on both gasoline and electricity, a promising new technology that could ultimately help the environment? Or are the environmental benefits of hybrid cars exaggerated?

Supporters of hybrid vehicles say: Hybrid cars require less gasoline--and thus emit fewer greenhouse gases--than standard cars. If more people drove hybrids, the world would be cleaner and more

habitable. Hybrid cars have also developed to the point where they are roughly the same price as standard, gasoline-powered cars.

Critics of hybrid vehicles say: There are many hidden environmental hazards associated with hybrid cars, such as the coal-burning power plants that generate the electricity used by hybrids. Hybrids barely solve the problems associated with gasoline-only cars because they themselves use gasoline. The recent popularity of hybrids has impeded new developments in non-emissions-producing transportation technologies, such as hydrogen fuel cells.




  1. Metric System

The issue: Should U.S. businesses and government agencies be required to use the metric system? Or should conversion to the metric system--known as "metrication"--be voluntary?

Supporters of mandatory metrication say: The U.S. is the only industrialized nation that has not fullyembraced the metric system, which is used by an estimated 95% of the world's population. Adopting the metric system would allow the U.S. business and scientific communities to more easily exchange products and ideas with the international community.

Critics of mandatory metrication say: The country's existing system of measurement--the "U.S.Customary System"--has served the U.S. well for more than two centuries. Officially adopting the metric system would not significantly benefit the U.S. economically or otherwise. Also, the metrication process would likely cost the government several billion dollars, which would be largely paid for by taxpayers.


  1. Forest Management

The issue: Is strategic logging in federally owned forests an effective approach to prevent wildfire damage? Or is wildfire control a guise for easing restrictions on commercial logging in U.S. national forests?

Supporters say: Strategic logging performed by the timber industry will allow federal agencies to better control the extent of wildfire damage that has afflicted the western U.S. in recent years. As a result, communities bordering woodlands will be safer and national forests will be healthier.

Critics say: Increased logging is motivated primarily by private interests, rather than a genuine desire to safeguard communities from wildfire and rejuvenate national forests. Allowing timber operations in federally owned forests will have an irreparable effect on the long-term health of U.S. woodlands.

PLEASE READ THE DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY.

You will have from November 17th-December 10th to collect information and research your topics. We will be having a special Science Olympiad practice on December 9th and 11th. You will be required to write your essay at that practice. You may bring any materials or research that you need, and you will have from 4-6pm to write your essay here at school. If you cannot make those days, a special day and time will be arranged for you, but it must be written at school.

5th Grade Essay Topics

Please choose only one topic, and pick a side. Write about whether you support the issue or you are against the issue, and explain why. You will be required to provide evidence and examples to support your answers.


  1. Water Quality - Bottled Water

The issue: Is bottled water harmful to the environment and a waste of consumers' money? Or does it present a convenient, healthy alternative to tap water?

Critics of bottled water say: Bottled water is seldom cleaner or healthier than tap water. It is subject to less stringent regulations and not held to as high a standard as tap water. Additionally, millions of gallons of oil are required to package and ship bottled water each year, making it bad for the environment.

Supporters of bottled water say: Bottled water is more convenient to drink than tap water, especiallywhen people are out of the house and do not have easy access to running water. Bottled watercompanies have recently made great strides in reducing the environmental impact of their products, and now contribute only minimally to industrial pollution each year.


  1. Returning to the Moon

The issue: Should the U.S. attempt to return to the moon by 2020, or is such a goal unrealistic and unimportant, in light of budgetary concerns and other, more pressing domestic matters?

Critics of returning to the moon say: NASA is underfunded, making plans to return to the moon unrealistic. There is greater potential for scientific discovery in sending unmanned satellites deeper into the solar system and beyond.

Supporters of returning to the moon say: The human race faces a variety of long-term dangers on Earth that may be alleviated by eventually colonizing other worlds, starting with the moon. Additionally, there are many potential benefits to be gained from exploring the moon, including the potential for new sources of energy and scouting ideal locations to erect a deep-space telescope.


  1. Marcellus Shale/Natural Gas & Hydrofracking

The issue: Is hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking, a safe way to extract natural gas, a much needed energy resource? Or could it contaminate drinking water and cause other environmental damage?

Supporters of hydrofracking say: There is no proven case of hydrofracking contaminating drinking water, and the process is perfectly safe. Natural gas can revive local economies, reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil and provide a cleaner-burning fossil fuel. Further regulation is unnecessary and will only prevent an opportunity for the U.S. to develop an alternative energy source and create jobs.

Critics of hydro-fracking say: The chemicals used in fracking fluid are toxic and pose a danger to public health if they contaminate drinking water reserves or leak out of wells. Oil and gas companies are not being honest with the public about the dangers of hydrofracking, and the federal government should apply much stricter, nationwide regulations to ensure that hydrofracking does not cause widespread health problems that could plague the public for generations.


  1. Wildlife Relocation

The issue: Should endangered or threatened animal species be transplanted from one continent to another in order to ensure the species' survival? Or would relocating wildlife to new habitats negatively impact both the local environment and the animals themselves?

Supporters of wildlife relocation say: In recent centuries, humans have caused widespread environmental destruction that has led to the extinction of many wildlife species. In order to avoid future species losses, people should transport endangered animals to areas where they can be adequately protected. Adopting an "activist" approach to environmental conservation will help create a healthier planet by maintaining high biodiversity levels.



Critics of wildlife relocation say: Many past attempts at transplanting wildlife from one continent to another have harmed both the environment and the animals. Relocating endangered species is fraught with risk because humans cannot be sure of how animals will react once they are released into a new ecosystem. Environmental conservationists should focus on preserving wildlife in its native environment.

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