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Science Projects

A science fair project is an experiment, a demonstration, a research effort, a collection of scientific items or display of scientific apparatus presented for viewing.

Science projects are different at certain grade levels:

  • 5th Grade and earlier
    • Focus on learning
    • Introduction to science methods
  • Middle School(6th-8th)
    • More focus on critical thinking
    • Applying what they learned
  • High School(9th-12th)
    • Research orientated
    • Real life application
    • Use of labs and lab equipment

How to develop a Science Project?

To have an effective science project, a student should develop a question, do thorough background research on the project and form a written report with detailed information about developing the project. The student should make sure they select a topic that is of his or her interest and work on presenting the information to an audience.

Brochure on Developing a Science Project

 Flowchart for Scientific method 1

Flowchart for Scientific method 2

Steps for scientific method

Working on Your Science Project? Science Projects for Classrooms PowerPoint Presentation

Project Ideas: Integrated pest management and chemical use reduction

These topics are not fully developed but will help start the process of considering ideas for your science fairs. Please be safe when carrying out any science projects.  Get help from adults (i.e., parent or teacher or both). Some projects are not suitable for the home. Never use fire or flames without and adult present. Some projects are not suitable for young children.

  • Efficacy of green products in the home (cleaning tests)
    • Example: Efficacy of safer stain removal products on different types of stains on different textiles or cloths:  tomato, chocolate, grass, grease on silk, cotton, polyester, wool, bamboo, or nylon, or different types of carpets:  nylon, polypropylene, wool or wool blends, polyester, or acrylic.
  • Testing Items (i.e., chemicals of foods) that most attract or deter pests
  • Good cleaning methods (does a swifter system work better than a mop?)
  • Which dusting cloth is the best to use (does not leave a residue)
  • Gardening tips to deter pests (e.g., groundcover or type of plant)
  • Testing the efficacy of pest control product (rat traps)
  • Do your shoes track dust and soil particle into the home
  • Ventilation and Filter Use in the Home (which filter works the best?)
  • Label designs and their ability to attract or deter consumers
  • Sneeze tests (help to determine things that irritate respiratory conditions-test on a pet)
  • Which candles release the most PM particles (particle monitor needed-or sunlight test)
  • Better labeling designs for safe products or ways to better inform consumers
  • Comparing toxicity of chemicals found in traditional vs. green cleaners/disinfectors ( a literature review with statistical analysis).
  • Efficacy of different safer products in killing mold grown in a petri dish (could use some unorthodox substances like marigold water or lemon juice or tea tree oil or water from a sprayer with a silver spoon in it or water with olive leaf in it).
  • How well does your bathroom exhaust work at removing humidity (times test in the bathroom for removing moisture)
  • Testing how harsh cosmetics/cleaning products are:
    • How well they destroy a surface or kill a plant(e.g., limestone)
    • How well the stain a surface (e.g., cloth)

Click here for rules when doing vertebrate studies and when working with chemical or biological agents

Helpful Links

What is a Science Project?
http://www.eduplace.com/science/profdev/science_fair/whatis.html

About.com – How to Do A Science Fair Project
http://chemistry.about.com/od/sciencefairprojects/a/doscience.htm

How to Develop a Science Project
http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_How_Develop_Project/

Science Fair Project Guide
http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_guide_index.shtml

http://www.tfsd.k12.id.us/pe/sciencefairguide12.pdf

Website to visit for science ideas and science process:

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/recommender_register.php

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/topics.html

http://www.eduplace.com/science/profdev/science_fair/whatis.html

http://chemistry.about.com/od/sciencefairprojects/a/doscience.htm

http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_How_Develop_Project/

http://www.tfsd.k12.id.us/pe/sciencefairguide12.pdf

http://chemistry.about.com/od/sciencefairprojectideas/a/6thgradeproject.htm

http://www.exploratorium.edu/lc/pathfinders/scifairs/

http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments

http://www.exploratorium.edu/lc/pathfinders/scifairs/scifair-student.html

http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/scientific-inquiry/scientific-methods.htm

www.sciencebob.com

www.sciencebuddies.org