Science Fair Project Ideas
Science Fair Project Ideas -
for teachers, parents and students of all levels
To select your science fair project ideas
a really good way would be to start asking yourself
some simple questions about something that interests you.
The best science
fair project ideas are often the simplest!
For example, if you've noticed that plants seem to grow
faster when placed next to a window, rather than in
the dark, you might then ask yourself "What is causing
the plant to grow faster?" Your experiment needs to
be limited to a specific topic. First, start with a
general subject such as "plants". Then, narrow down
to one particular aspect of the topic. You could ask
then yourself "What affects the growth rate of plants?".
Once you have decided on this particular aspect of plants,
you can then further narrow down your topic to a very
specific question such as "Do plants grow faster when
they are placed in sunlight, instead of in the dark?"
You can then speak to some friends and perhaps your
teacher. And after checking with them, if it seems that
you might be on to something, then you're probably on
the right track. Of course, if they disagree with you,
you might want to check your assumptions.
This is what you would call you "research". Using your
brain and your resourcefulness, as you can see, is a
fantastic way to start the process. You don't actually
have to go to the library all the time!
Where To Look Next
Once you have a general idea, you can then look at these places for a good idea:
1. Your own experiences and observations
2. Refer to a good guide book
3. Search the web
Once you pick a topic, you should stick to it. it's important
to spend time selecting a topic that you find to be interesting.
Otherwise, you might not be motivated to actually complete the
experiment! And changing topic will only set you back!
Once you've arrived at your topic, you can move on to the
next step of your experiment. However, its really important that
you record whatever you have discovered in your research - including
all your thoughts and discussions, in your science journal. You
can use a simple notebook - just so long as you keep your handwriting neat
and tidy. At the end of the day, what's most important is that you
keep as accurate a recording of your experiment as possible.
True scientists are often very careful and meticulous when they record
the findings of their experiments.
Now that you have selected the type of experiment that you want
to do, and the topic for your experiment, you need to learn how to
record your experiment and display your creation. Try going back to the
hand book content page. Then read all of the other chapters carefully.
Have loads of fun!