Long-term thesis
long-term thesis (2017)

  Elementary students (Gr.1-6) Junior high school students (Gr. 7-9)

2017 World Creativity Festival

Long Term Project for Middle School Level

From the Possible Dangers in Daily Lives

 "Silence's Murder" is the title of a case shown frequently on news headlines, dealing with the dangers of disinfectants used in humidifiers. The following is an excerpt from a related research paper.

 The Worst Environmental Disaster of the 21st Century in South Korea is known as "The Worst Chemical Disaster of Korean History", "The First Environmental Health Case Caused by Usage of Household Chemicals", "World's First Ever Biocide Case", "The Korean Thalidomide Case", "A Case Deserving of Medical Recognition" and more. The number of names describing this calamity of an incident can only provide a rough estimate of the shock experienced by the Korean public. Approximately 239 deaths and 1528 patients of lung disease were mostly composed of mothers and toddlers. According to the Public-Private Joint Lung Injury Investigation Committee, due to a large number of over 8 million people who use humidifier disinfectants, the number of casualties are most likely much higher. The monthly records of mysterious cases of lung disease patients that began from May 2011 suggested that the similarity of all the patients was the usage of disinfectants for humidifiers. Eventually, the Korean Ministry of Health concluded that the cause of the disease was the humidifier disinfectants.

 The society we live in is growing at an incredible pace. Numerous aspects of life we were indifferent about are now approaching us as a result of societal advancements and cultural changes. However, when examined carefully, we can find that although there are several cases of benefits, there are factors that may be harmful to society. In order to better the world into a safer place, let us consider ways to remove or minimize the dangers posed.

<Creativity Problem>

Follow the presented steps to solve the problem.
1. Form a group of two and come up with a group name.
2. Select one object used every day that possesses innate danger.
3. Through experimentation, prove the danger posed
4. Come up with possible solutions to improving the object to minimize danger.
5. Report all origins of cited information.



<Information to Include in the Report>

1. A group name and reasons for choosing the name.
2. Explanation of the chosen item and its innate dangers.
3. Proof of danger or process of steps to improve object through thorough experimentation.
4. Information regarding both individual and group work.
5. References.



* Submit a freely written report within 10 pages.

* During presentations, groups who have chosen the "Proofs of Dangers Experiment" will be asked to explain and show their results, but if needed, groups may film videos of the experiment and show during presentation.
* The same applies to those who have chosen the 'Improvement Experiment'.


* Groups must cite all documents used.

* If groups utilize experiments done by others for themselves, they may be disqualified.


<Evaluation Standards>



Examination Contents

Discovery of
Item of Danger


Originality of the chosen item?
Is the reasoning for the danger valid?
Societal benefits post-realization of the dangers?

Proof of


Is the experiment adequate?
Safety and effectiveness of the experiment.

on Issue of


Probability of improvements.
Level of innovation of the suggested improvements.

Group work




Was the work fairly distributed and have the group members collaborated well?
Has team member led the group well?