Sometimes one of the hardest things about a science project is selecting a topic!
Here are a few things to keep in mind when selecting a project:
• Choose a project that interests you
• Ask your family for ideas
• Think of project where you have knowledge and experience
• Think about types of materials you can find in or around your home
• Think about questions you have about the world around you. What are you wondering about?
If a project still hasn’t come to mind, check out some of the Web sites listed below.
Students are encouraged to choose any project that fits with the Themes listed above as long as it follows these rules:
• All projects must follow the scientific method and test a hypothesis. No displays or demonstration projects, for example, no "volcano-type" demonstrations.
• Students may work by themselves, or with one other student from the same grade level.
• A student’s project should reflect his/her age and ability level.
• All experiments must be supervised by an adult.
• Glass, flames, live animals, and chemicals of any kind will not be allowed as part of a student’s display.
Once a project has been selected, you may begin working on the project or wait for the email announcement about the next Step!
Where to Find a Project
Science Buddies www.sciencebuddies.org
Science Fair Topics www.accessexcellence.org/RC/scifair.html
All Science Fair Projects www.all-science-fair-projects.com
The Ultimate Science Fair Resource http://scifair.org/
The NEED Organization www.need.org/Science-Fair-Projects
Books with Science Project Topics
Below is a list of books that can help with selection of a topic and frame a project. Some books are subject specific and others are more grade specific. The school library has at least one science project book. If the library copy is missing, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. All of these books can be found at local bookstores, and most can be found at public libraries.
700 Science Experiments for Everyone, Doubleday, 1958,* ISBN 0-385-05275-8 Buy on Amazon
Great Science Fair Projects, Scientific America, Marc Rosner, 2000, ISBN 0-471-35625-5 Buy on Amazon
Science Fair Projects for Dummies, Maxine Levaren, Wiley Publishers, 2003, ISBN 0-7645-5460-3
Sure to Win Science Fair Projects, Joe Rhatigan, Lark Books Publisher, 2002, ISBN 1-57990-238-3
Hands-On Science, King Fisher Publisher, 2001, ISBN 0-7534-5440-8
The Science of Life, Projects and Principles for Beginning Biologist, Frank G. Bottone Jr., 2001, Chicago Review Press, ISBN 1-55652-382-3
The Complete handbook of Science Fair Projects, Revised edition, Julianne Blair Bochinski, 1996, Wiley and Sons Publishers, ISBN 0-471-12378-1
Electron Herding 101, 50 Hands-on Science Experiments That Explore Electricity, B.K. Hixson, 2002, Loose in the Lab, Inc. Publisher ISBN 0966096509
Science in Seconds for Kids, Over 100 science experiments you can do in ten minutes, Jean Potter, Wiley and Sons publisher, 1995, ISBN 0-471-04456-3
Mad Professor – Concoct Extremely Weird Science Projects,
Mark Frauenfelder, Chronicle Books, 2002, ISBN 0-8118-3554-5
Strategies for Winning Science Fair Projects, Joyce Henderson and Heather Tomasello, Wiley and Sons, 2002, ISBN 0-471-41957-5 * This is a 1950s golden oldie. We like how it demonstrates building science equipment using regular household items.
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