What Is Rust?

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Why do metals rust differently? Scholars experiment with metal combinations in a hands-on activity. They create unique environments with different metals and compare the rate and amount of rust for each.

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  • As an extension, ask pupils to research common metals used for building structures exposed to the elements
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