Environmental Science Fair Projects, Revised and Expanded Using the Scientific Method

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Is there more air pollution inside a building or outside? Can oil be cleaned from bird feathers? How can wind be used to generate electricity? Using easy-to-find materials and the scientific method, you can learn the answers to these questions and more. If you are interested in competing in science fairs, the book contains lots of great suggestions and ideas for further experiments about environmental science.

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Overview

Is there more air pollution inside a building or outside? Can oil be cleaned from bird feathers? How can wind be used to generate electricity? Using easy-to-find materials and the scientific method, you can learn the answers to these questions and more. If you are interested in competing in science fairs, the book contains lots of great suggestions and ideas for further experiments about environmental science.

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Children's Literature - James Rutkowski
One of a series of science projects based upon earth science concepts, this revised and expanded edition contains eighteen experiments or science fair projects for the young scientist. The introduction gives a brief description of environmental concerns, a detailed explanation of the scientific method, how to design an experiment, the importance of recording data, and tips on developing a successful science fair project. Two pages about safety help the student and parent conduct the experiment in the safest possible way and properly dispose of any materials used. The projects are divided into five basic sections of environmental science, each with a brief description of its environmental importance. The first section, air, contains experiments on oxygen, from photosynthesis to the greenhouse effect. Next topic is water, with investigations on the water cycle, acid rain, and algal blooms. The third section, soil, looks at the types of soil, acidity of the soil, and erosion. Part 4 focuses on pollution and its affect on plants, materials, and air quality. The final section provides the reader with projects based upon energy resources and the development and use of renewable and sustainable ways to generate energy from the sun, wind, and decomposing matter. Each experiment has an informative introduction, detailed procedure, and a results and conclusion section. Further ideas to expand the concept and experiment are included, and a glossary and research pages provide further information for the young scientist. Reviewer: James Rutkowski
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Environmental Science Fair Projects Using the Scientific Method 7

How Scientists Search for Answers 12

Using the Scientific Method in Experiments and Projects 14

Science Fairs 22

Safety First 26

1 Air-Our Amazing Atmosphere 29

1.1 Oxygen From Photosynthesis 32

1.2 Melting Ice 38

1.3 Particles in the Air 43

1.4 Removing Dust From Air 48

1.5 Greenhouse Effect and Global Warming 52

2 Water-The Liquid of Life 57

2.1 Cycle of Water 59

2.2 Purifying Water 63

2.3 Exploring Acid Rain 67

2.4 Blooming Algae 72

2.5 Plants and Salty Water 76

3 Soil-Pieces of Earth 83

3.1 Layers and Types of Soil 85

3.2 Recipe for Soil 88

3.3 Acidity of Soil 93

3.4 Erosion-Here Today and Gone Tomorrow 97

4 Pollution-Problems of Waste 101

4.1 Oil Spills-A Messy Problem 105

4.2 Plants and Air Pollutants 111

4.3 Plants and Acid Rain 115

4.4 Effect of Acid Rain on Materials 120

4.5 Weather and Air Quality 123

5 Energy Resources-Renewable and Sustainable 129

5.1 Sun Power 133

5.2 Electricity From Sunlight 137

5.3 Electricity From Wind 143

5.4 Heat From Decaying Grass Clippings 149

Appendix: Science Supply Companies 155

Further Reading 156

Internet Addresses 157

Index 158

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