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Environmental Chemistry: Acid Rain, Weathering, and Erosion Hands-On Kit - Includes Materials for 15 Groups of Students

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SKU IS9703
  • Kit for examining the weathering and erosion effects of acidic rain on rock materials and metals
  • Activities to expose materials and metals to acidic conditions and normal rain (tap water) for comparison of reactions
  • Students will practice forming and testing hypotheses, making observations and analyzing results
  • Materials for 15 groups of students
  • Kit comes with teacher's manual and safety data sheets for safe sotrage of all materials

Acid rain is a term used generically to describe any type of acidic moisture, be it rain, snow, or fog. Acid rain can have devastating effects on not only aquatic ecosystems but also terrestrial areas. Acid rain not only affects naturally-occurring surfaces, such as exposed rocky surfaces of mountainous regions, but also human-made surfaces as well. Different stone and metal substances used in the construction of buildings, statues, monuments, etc. may all be affected by acid rain. The rates of erosion and weathering may increase rapidly depending on the degree of acidity in the precipitation. In this activity, students expose many rock materials and metals, both naturally-occurring and common in construction, to an acidic environment and examine the reaction of these materials in contrast to the same materials exposed to “normal” rain (tap water). Kit contains enough materials for 15 groups. Teacher’s Manual and Student Study Guide copymasters are included.

Science education products incorporate applied math and science principles into classroom and homeschool-based projects. Teachers in pre-K, elementary, and secondary classrooms use science education kits and products alongside science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum to demonstrate STEM concepts and real-world applications through hands-on activities. Science education projects include a broad range of activities, such as practical experiments in engineering, aeronautics, robotics, energy, chemistry, physics, biology, and geology.

Innovating Science products, manufactured by Aldon Corporation, include educational kits for the chemistry, life science, green chemistry, advanced placement chemistry, and forensic fields. Aldon Corporation was founded in 1964, and is headquartered in Avon, NY.

What’s in the box?

  • 1 bag marble chips
  • 1 bag brick chips
  • 1 bag granite chips
  • 1 bag limestone chips
  • 1 bag sandstone chips
  • 1 bag steel shot
  • 1 bag copper shot
  • 1 bag zinc shot
  • 3 bottles sulfuric acid concentrate (to make 500mL each) (25mL)
  • 120 disposable measuring cups
  • Teacher’s manual, student study guide copymasters, and safety data sheets


WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Respirable crystalline silica and Strong inorganic acid mists containing sulfuric acid, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.  For more information go to

For Laboratory Use Only

Not for drug, food, or household use. Keep out of reach of children. For more information, refer to the Safety Data Sheet.