Science Fair Project Ideas

It's that time of year again

Time to get ready for the school Science Fair. I know where to buy the project boards, paper, and everything they may need. The hardest part about the Science Fair in my experience, is actually getting my child to pick a project. Something original and interesting. Volcanoes, as fun as they are, are way over done.

Picking a Topic

There's plenty of resources available on different projects your child can pick from. We actually own a few books full of science projects and experiments. Hands-on experiments are usually most attractive to children. All children, however, are not interested in the same things. Science, thankfully, is a broad area. So if your child is not interested in chemistry, there's plenty of other areas they can look at: Math Science, Behavioural Science, Zoology, Engineering, etc. Not sure what your child in interested in? Check out:

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_ideas.shtml

This is a great site with tons of ideas. It also has a Topic selection wizard to help your child find projects that your child will like. By answering a few questions about what your child likes to do, they select project ideas in those areas for your child to pick from. The projects are also labeled by grade level.

Scientific Method

A good project should include the steps of the scientific method. The scientific method is a way to answer scientific questions by doing experiments or testing your Hypothesis and coming to a conclusion based on your findings.

The steps of the scientific method:

 

  • Ask a Question
  • Do Background Research
  • Construct a Hypothesis
  • Test Your Hypothesis by Doing an Experiment
  • Analyze Your Data and Draw a Conclusion
  • Communicate Your Results

 

Play it Safe

Don't forget to take safety precautions when experimenting. Know what your child is planning to do, and where. If protective eye wear or gloves are recommended, make sure they use them. Experimenting can be fun. Trips to the Emergency Room, not so much.

Setting Up Your Display Board

Display boards come in a variety of colors nowadays, not just plain white. Colorful boards are attractive, but don't overdo it with wild patterns that will distract attention from your information. Some colors that go well together- Red lettering on yellow. Blue or navy lettering on yellow. Yellow lettering on black or dark blue.

Title font should be large and easy to read. I'd suggest at least 3 inch lettering, and a plain font. Any other typed information that will be displayed on the board should be at least a 16 point font.

It is also recommended to display your information similar to a newspaper. Starting left to right down one column, then left to right on the next column.

Use lots of pictures, diagrams and any other visuals! They really catch your eye.

Know Your Subject

 Being able to communicate their findings and demonstrating an understanding of the project is key! So listen to their presentation. Pretend you are the judge. Ask them questions. Role playing with your child will help them feel comfortable talking about the project. When they realize how much they know about it and can answer your questions, they will feel more confident. For most kids, speaking in front of people, is the scariest part. After a few times, hopefully, it won't be too scary.

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retirementhelp 7 years ago

Good stuff!! Ideas for science projects is one of those things that you never can have enough of. Thanks!!!


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mamacoots 7 years ago from Louisiana Author

Thanks for stopping by. Now if I could just find the trick to making them get the project finished!!! Sigh.


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Science is such a wonderful subject. As for the kids finishing the projects, that is something else. I'm pretty curious..what Science project did you like best? :-)


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mamacoots 7 years ago from Louisiana Author

One of my daughters picked one that was very interesting. It was on testing the accurracy of eyewitnesses. It had to do with short term and long term memories. She did very well on it because it was something SHE was interested in. She had to conduct an experiment by questioning students after an event. It was surprising how little people remember, or should I say notice. lol Anyway, she placed First and Best Over-all! Thanks for asking! :-)


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martycraigs 6 years ago

Yes, it's so important to let kids choose what is relevant, important, and interesting to them! Between my own kids and their friends, I've seen some really great science fair projects. I've seen some good ones involving balloons and electricity, although that's not the most original anymore either.

Definitely an important hub, thakns for sharing!


reggie 5 years ago

good iedas but you should show how to cut and coler and put the details in the glob.


samantha 4 years ago

science is fun


kk8152 2 years ago

need a great science fair project. plz help me love things that explode :)

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