Acid Rain Science Fair Projects

Scientist measuring the ph on a contaminated river
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Looking for creative science fair projects? Acid rain is an important, interesting topic. Acid rain (pH less than 5.0) is rain that is more acidic than normal (pH greater than or equal to 5.0). Rising to prominence in the 1960s when Scandinavian lakes became too acidic resulting in fish deaths, acid rain was traced to pollutant emissions from western and central Europe. Today, acid rain is a ubiquitous dilemma that is a serious issue in portions of North America and eastern Canada.

Science Fair Acid Rain Project Ideas

  • Explain how acid rain started.
  • Show the rain cycle.
  • What is the major cause of acid rain?
  • How do we combat acid rain? What happens if we don't?

Link Resources About Acid Rain

Recommended Books for Science Fair Projects

  • 365 Simple Science Experiments with Everyday Materials - "The fundamentals of science are brought to life in a year's worth of fun and educational hands-on experiments that can be performed easily and inexpensively at home." People who have purchased this book have called it easy to understand and great for the student who needs a project but they aren't really interested in the sciences. The book is for both young and older students.
  • The Scientific American Book of Great Science Fair Projects - "From creating your own non-newtonian fluids (slime, putty, and goop!) to teaching a sow bug how to run through a maze, you'll be astounded at the number of incredible things you can do with Scientific American Great Science Fair Projects. Based on the long-standing and well-respected "Amateur Scientist" column in Scientific American, each experiment can be done with ordinary materials found around the house or that are easily available at low cost."
  • Strategies for Winning Science Fair Projects - "Written by a science fair judge and an international science fair winner, this must-have resource is packed with strategies and pointers for putting together a winning science fair project. Here you'll get the nitty-gritty on a wide variety of topics, from the fundamentals of the science fair process to the last-minute details of polishing your presentation."
  • The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science: 64 Daring Experiments for Young Scientists - "Introducing 64 valuable science experiments that snap, crackle, pop, ooze, crash, boom, and stink! From Marshmallows on Steroids to Home-Made Lightning, the Sandwich Bag Bomb to Giant Air Cannon, The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science awakens kids' curiosity while demonstrating scientific principles like osmosis, air pressure, and Newton's Third Law of Motion."