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Questions Students Ask About Science Fair Projects

Updated on April 12, 2015

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You wil not dread doing a science fair project if you choose a subject that interests you and is fun. Fun is the key!!!!
You wil not dread doing a science fair project if you choose a subject that interests you and is fun. Fun is the key!!!!


Science fair projects are commonly assigned to students for the first time in Middle School, however, some school districts open up the event to younger students. When science fair season opens students naturally panic and start asking questions about what will be expected of them. Below you will find ten of the most commonly asked questions about science fair projects, as well as the answer to each.

Surface Microbiology Science Fair Kit

Science kits are excellent for science fair experiments, as long as they are not commercial looking.
Science kits are excellent for science fair experiments, as long as they are not commercial looking.

Question #1 – Can you use a science fair kit?

Science fair kits are allowed, as long as the student derives a project idea that is unique to them. The kit can only be used as a tool or as a source of raw materials and technology for the science fair project. The experiment that comes with the kit is not appropriate to use as the basis of a science fair project. For example, you can use a robotics kit for the materials and software for a robotic science fair project, but you will need to develop or design a unique robot if you want to enter it in a science fair.

Question #2 – Do I have to complete a science fair project?

The answer to this question is going to vary depending on the school district and the science course being taken. Some schools require their students to participate in their science fair, while others make entering the school science fair optional.

Question #3 – Are science fair projects difficult to complete?

Science fair projects involve a number of steps. If you try to complete a science fair project at the last minute then you will experience stress and anxiety. However, if you give yourself plenty of time to complete your project and you approach the project one step at a time, then they are very easy to complete.

Question #4 – How long does it take to complete a science fair project?

It depends on how complex the project is. Easy projects can be completed in one afternoon, while more complex projects can take months to complete.

Question #5 – Can I enter the same project two years in a row?

It is not a good idea to enter the exact same project two years in a row. However, you can continue your experiments and data collection over multiple years. This will allow you to use the same basic format year after year, which can save you time.

Question #6 – How much can I spend on my science fair project?

A dollar limit may be specified by your school. What is most important is that each family knows what they can afford to spend, so have a discussion and set a budget.

Question #7 – Can I just duplicate a science fair project that has already been entered by someone else?

Complete science fair projects can be found online. However, it is never okay to steal someone else’s project and try to pass it off as your own. On the other hand, you can use an existing science fair project as a model. All you have to do is to change some aspect of the project so that the new project is different and unique.

Question #8 – What are the judges looking for in a winning science fair project?

Science fair judges are given a checklist of criterion to base their scores on. These criteria usually include characteristics like innovativeness, creativity, completeness, follows the scientific method and topical.

Question #9 – How do I find a topic for my science fair project?

Finding a topic for a science fair project is not difficult to do.

Ask yourself the following question: What interests me most in life? What am I most curious about? Now turn your interest or curiosity into a science fair project.

You can find possible topics in your textbook, by reading through science journals and even by reading through your local newspaper.

Question #10 – What do I need to turn in?

There are two things that you will need to turn in as evidence that you have completed your science fair project. The first thing is your science fair project report and the second thing is your science fair project display board. You will also be required to give a presentation that utilizes the information in your report and the graphics on your display board.

Each school has different requirements. Some ask you to write up an abstract.

Make your project interesting. Take pictures, do a slide show, create a video. Make your project stand out.


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      7 years ago

      If you click on the the 1st link in the 1st paragraph of this page, go to the search window on the left, you will find lots of free projects, abstracts and ideas.

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      mariana A Romero 

      7 years ago

      i can find my science fire project online?


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