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Project Ideas

Here are ideas you can use, but it would be even better to change the variables and make the project unique

Guest Blog – Inexpensive and Easy Science Fair Projects: Magnets – Experiment #1 – by Bruce

Is your science fair coming up, but you’re still not sure what to present for it? Trying to find a last minute idea without breaking the bank can be really frustrating but one simple tool- magnets can give you a few ideas! This is experiment #1 in a 3 part series of fun, simple, inexpensive … Continue reading »

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How to Make a Great Science Fair Project Backboard: An example

Many of you should be ready to make your project backboards. Here is a great example of an attractive board with a good balance of art and science. Sarah is in the 6th grade. Some things to notice: -a catchy title -a clear testable question -logical and expected order of sections from left to right … Continue reading »

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Unique and Topical Science Fair Project Idea: Ocean Acidification

Question: How will changes in ocean water chemistry affect animals that live in the ocean? Step 1: Research Search for “Ocean Acidification” and look for websites by NOAA or NSF or from a University/College. DO NOT get overwhelmed by the chemistry. The essential idea is that ocean water is naturally basic (pH ~ 8) but … Continue reading »

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One Day Unique Science Fair Experiment with COFFEE!

I usually do not write out all the details of an experiment because I want you (whether you are a mentor or a student) to have a hand in designing the experiment. I think that just following directions of a detailed procedure that someone else wrote, isn’t really experiencing science. It’s closer to baking or … Continue reading »

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Projects you can start this year, for next year. Idea #3 = Plant Projects

If you know how to do a project AND you know you want to, or need to, do one for next year – why not start one now? It is the perfect time to start a plant-themed science fair project because there will be sufficient time for the plants to grow by a measurable amount. … Continue reading »

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Projects you can start this year for next year: Idea 2 = Moldy Matters

Idea 1 was Biomimicry: Idea 2 is Moldy Matters: Remember that the one exception to doing a project with mold is that you are allowed to measure the time (quantitative, dependent variable) it takes for a food to show evidence of mold – but that you have to destroy the food and mold as soon … Continue reading »

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Creative Ideas for NEXT YEAR’s Science Fair Project

If you are working on this year’s project, and you have less than a week to get it done…. Check out my suggestions in posts for “popcorn projects” or “bubblegum projects” or even “paper airplanes” — They can all be done in a weekend (or even a day if you are really stuck). But if … Continue reading »

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Science Fair Projects with Animals: Part II – Animals WITHOUT Backbones

Most kids love animals, so it is natural that they may want to do a science fair project focused on them. However, most science fairs have strict rules governing the types of experiments that can and can NOT be done with animals. It is important that you understand these rules and complete all necessary paperwork … Continue reading »

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Science Fair Projects with Animals: Part I – Animals WITH backbones

Most kids love animals, so it is natural that they may want to do a science fair project focused on them. However, most science fairs have strict rules governing the types of experiments that can and can NOT be done with animals. It is important that you understand these rules and complete all necessary paperwork … Continue reading »

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Fascinated by Flight? Try a Paper Airplane Themed Science Fair Project

Airplane projects are easy, cheap, popular, and fun — but suffer from 2 problems. 1. Lack of standardization in the procedure (i.e. the throwing) 2. Lack of creativity This post is to help you get past these obstacles. Your first big challenge is to find a way to standardize the throwing part of the procedure. … Continue reading »

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