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Air Pollution Science Fair Project

Investigating Air Quality

Investigating Air Quality | Science Fair Projects | STEM Projects
Have you ever wondered what's in the air around us? Let's find out! We'll set up some cards with tape on them in different places around the schoolyard and leave them for a day. Then we'll look at the cards and count the particles that have stuck to the tape.


The hypothesis is that the air quality will vary depending on the location and elevation of the cards.

Method & Materials

You will cut out a 3 cm. X 5 cm. rectangle from index cards or tag board, place clear packing tape on one side, and attach the cards to three different locations in the schoolyard.
You will need index cards, clear packing tape, rulers, 5 mm. grid paper, calculators, masking tape, string, or clothespins, scissors, and a microscope (optional).


After collecting the cards and counting the particles, we can draw conclusions about the air quality in different locations and elevations. We may even be able to infer whether temperature or wind has an impact on the number and variety of particulates collected.

Why do this project?

This science project is interesting and unique because it allows students to explore the air around them and draw conclusions about the air quality in different locations.

Also Consider

Variations to consider include measuring and identifying the particulates collected and asking questions such as: What location in the schoolyard will have the poorest air quality? Does the weather make a difference in air quality? How do the television air quality reports compare with the number of particulates collected?

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