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Science Fair Project Topics...Choosing The Right One For You

Science Fair Project Topics


This page is about science fair project topics and is your third step in putting together a project. Here are the six steps to follow with links to those pages on this site if your are not already following them...

1. Pick a science category
2. Find ideas for a project
3. Decide on your final project topic (This Page)
4. Follow the scientific method
5. Your project report
6. Your project display



I will show you how to take your ideas on science fair project topics and pick the one thats right for you. Your hobbies and interests, the topic research you have done, and the fair guidelines your teacher gave you, will all help in picking your project topic.

Determine a timeline for your project. How long before the project is due? How long will the experiments or data gathering take to complete? Keep in mind that some experiments may have to be repeated.

Things don't always go as planned on the first try even for professionals. Do you have sufficient time to repeat the experiments if necessary? Growing plants or germinating seeds is an example of kid science fair projects that may have to be repeated.



What is science? Science is all about asking questions and searching for answers. As you are looking for science fair topics, you too should be asking questions.

1. What do I like about this topic?

2. Will this hold my interest for several weeks?

3. Can I think of a project in this topic or find one that fits the guidelines the teacher gave me?

4. Will I have time to complete this project?

5. What materials or apparatus will I need to do the experiments?




Choosing a Category

Lets say you picked physics as your science category. You are very interested in static electricity also, so that will be the specific area of physics to find an idea for a topic.

Now you only need to come up with a project idea about static electricity. How? By being an amateur scientist and asking questions.

...How does humidity affect the amount of static charge? ...What materials work best in providing the charge? See how easy it is?

So after doing some research to learn a little more about static electricity you might choose the topic "Will High Humidity Decrease The Amount Of Static Electricity A Material Produces"



Tips For Converting Ideas Into Science Fair Project Topics

The best science fair project topics will be those based on scientific principles. In other words all those things you study in science classes are principles of science. This is what your teacher and the science fair judges are looking for.

Kinetic energy is an example of a science principle in the field of physics. Its the energy a body possesses based on its mass and the speed it travels.

A science project about kinetic energy could attempt to prove or disprove some aspect of this principle. If a large marble of known mass rolls down an incline and strikes a smaller marble, then will its kinetic energy be transferred to the smaller marble? Will the sum of the kinetic energy of the large marble plus that of the smaller just after impact be equal to that of the larger just before impact?

This is a scientific investigation using an experiment to test an hypothesis about the transfer of kinetic energy. This is an example of a good science project. It uses the scientific method to test a principle of science.

 

Try this method to transform ideas into science fair projects

What will ______________do to _______________?

How will _______________ affect ________________?

How will changing _______________ improve _____________?

What will happen to _____________ if I add/remove ______________?





Another Science Project Topics Example

Lets say you want to do a project about solar energy. Specifically you want to do something with solar cells. (Solar cells produce electricity when exposed to light).

Do a little research and see what factors might affect the output from a solar cell. Maybe the type of light, the angle the light hits the surface of the cell, and maybe the temperature of the cell surface. These may all be factors in the amount of output you might get.

Ok, lets say we pick the angle of light to the cell as a something we can test. Set up the cell and take voltage readings at different times of the day. Measure both the angle of the sun to the surface of the cell and the voltage reading at that time. Do at least one reading with the cell at 90 degrees to the sun. You may have to angle the cell to the sun depending on the time of year.

When you graph the data it will show at what angle to the sun the cell produces the most output. It will also show how the output drops as the angle to the sun decreases.





Keep Searching For Your Topic

Make sure you keep a log book or notebook of your activities in looking for your topic. Making notes of where you find possible ideas for projects will really help you to narrow down your project topic. Look for a book on science fairs at your library or find one online to stimulate your thinking.

Science fair project topics don't have to complicated to be good ones but nothing beats an original idea. Use the ideas for possible topics you find here and devise a unique project for yourself. Also feel free to change any of the sample projects presented on this site to make them a little different.

Now its time to move on to the fourth step in your journey and that is the scientific method.

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