science fair projects


Finding Science Project Ideas

Finding science project ideas is your second step in your science fair project adventure. Here are the six steps you should follow in finding and completing your project...

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

Keep in mind that while looking for ideas for your project topic you may decide to change the science category you picked in step 1. Thats ok at this point to do so and you should try to pick something thats interesting and that you will enjoy doing. Some projects may take several weeks to finish so its important that you choose something that will hold your interest.

Some Tips For Finding Science Project Ideas

Science Project Ideas Make sure you understand the guidelines for your science project that your teacher gave you. Have a notebook and write down ideas as they come to you. Make sure to note where you saw or got the ideas such as the title and page of a book, paper, magazine, or website. Just get a list of ideas at this point and don't try to reason whether they are practical to do or not...that will come a bit later.

1. Look through newspaper and magazine article about science.

2. Make a list of your hobbies...the things you enjoy doing. They may lead you to a great project idea.

3. Look around your home for ideas. Your project topic may be as close as your kitchen, living room, garage, or back yard.

4. You will also find lots of ideas right here on this site. Go to the site map and look through the pages. Bookmark any pages you find interesting or jot down ideas you find there in your notebook.

5. Ask a question. This will be the basis of a professional project. A). Why do_____ B). What causes______ C). How do________ D). What effect will________ have on _______

Some Science Project Ideas

1. Are all those product commercials on television true?

2. Can you think of a way to test the claims of a particular product?

3. Do discount cereals have the same nutrition as the name brands?

4. Do birds care what type feeder they get their seeds from?

5. Will birds eat more from a wood feeder than a plastic one?

6. Will the color of a bird feeder affect the type birds attracted to it? Will the color affect how much food they eat there?

7. If you microwave milk for a few seconds will it last longer before it spoils?

8. How does an insulated jug keep liquids hot or cold?

9. Why do frying pans have plastic or wooden handles?

10. When a plastic jug stays in the sun a long time why does it get brittle?

11. How do fish breath under water?

12. Are irradiated foods safe to eat?

13. How does radiation kill bacteria?

14. How do birds stay warm on a cold winter night?

15. Severe thunderstorms can produce micro bursts with winds up 100 miles per hour. What causes these strong winds?

16. Hydrogen may fuel cars in a few years. Why does this fuel look so promising? How does it burn without making any pollution? How is it made from ordinary water?

Narrowing Down Your List Of Ideas

Ok, let us say you now have a list of ideas in your notebook for a possible science fair project. Now lets narrow down the list and find one idea or topic for your project.

Pick out the ones in the area of science you find most interesting. Some of the ideas you have may be electricity related, some may be about meteorology, some in the biology category, physics, chemistry, engineering, etc. So on another sheet of paper write down the ones that really spark your interest.

Now we need to think of projects for these ideas. A possible project for some will be very easy to see probably. But others may require some more thought.

Keep in mind(and in front of you) the guidelines for the fair as you think of potential projects. Review the scientific method to see the procedures and features of a good project.

As I mentioned earlier its a very good idea to keep a notebook and write down ideas as they come to you. Its also a good idea to note where you find the information so you or someone else can locate it again. Bookmark web pages also when you find something of interest.

Once you have narrowed down your list of ideas its time to go to step 3 and choose your final project topic. 

Science Projects
This is my ebook of 16 easy to do science fair projects for elementary school age students. Most of the projects use readily available materials you probably have at home. Check out Step By Step Science Fair Projects now.

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Check out this site for some ideas in the field of meteorology.