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Tagged With: outdoor science fair projects

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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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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Whether weather is a good topic for your science fair project … or not

Generally, weather-related science fair projects score well with teachers and judges because they require time and effort, much like plant projects. It is possible to do idea #2 or #3 in a weekend if the weather cooperates (i.e. it rains or snows when you need it to), but typically you will need at least 1 … Continue reading »

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Graveyard Science – Creepy can be Creative!

If you are still struggling to motivate your child to complete this year’s science fair project – try a little “shock and awe”. Trust me, this will be the project all the science fair judges are pointing out to each other. It is another one of my original project designs (although see my inspiration below) … Continue reading »

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Why microbiology experiments are hard to do for science fairs

Since I am a microbiologist, I frequently get asked to design microbiology experiments for science fair projects. I have stopped doing it because of rule changes for most science fairs. ISEF now prohibits growing bacteria or mold in the home environment. I recently looked into the rules for the Google Science Fair – here is … Continue reading »

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Snowed In? Get your science fair project done!

It snowed last night in Maryland, so all soccer games were cancelled. (Yes, our club teams are playing “winter league” so we have kids playing 11 v 11 outdoor games even in January!) Anyway, if you find yourself snowed in – or with an unexpectedly clear schedule – then you could do some science! Ideas … Continue reading »

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Take a hike, complete a project

Kill 2 birds with 1 stone! Here is an easy, one-day project for kids that like the outdoors and photography. First, find a place with a few trails for hiking. It could be at a school, state park, national park, beach, wetlands, nature center, etc. You will measure how some variable (see list below) changes … Continue reading »

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