Tornado Science Fair Project Ideas

Science Fair Projects for Middle and High School

You can have a swirling good time with this science fair idea. Tornadoes are a very mysterious act of the weather.

Although the full details of how tornadoes form are not well known, they generally form in a huge, rotating thunderstorm called a supercell. Supercell thunderstorms form where cold dry polar air meets warm moist tropical air. When this happens the warm updraft punches through the overlying, stable layer and continues upward into a zone of cool, dry air. The resulting instabilities produce powerful vortex motions, the lifeblood of tornadoes.

Project Ideas:

  1. Map the most famous tornadoes and give the conditions that made them so big.
  2. Make your own tornado.
  3. Make a picture chart of the formation of a vortex.
  4. What is the damage caused by tornadoes? How can people protect themselves?

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About These Science Fair Projects:

The science projects located here on the Parenting of Teens site at Verywell are ideas developed by its Guide, Denise D. Witmer. Some are projects completed during her years of working with high school students, researched projects and others are original ideas. Please use these science fair ideas as a guide to help your teen complete a science project to the best of their ability. In your role as a facilitator, you should feel free to share this project with them, but not to do the project for them. Please do not copy these project ideas to your website or blog, post the link if you wish to share it.

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