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There’s no crying in Baseball … or in the Science Fair

Science fairs should be educational, exciting, and tons of fun, but — more often than not — they result in heartache and, if you have competitive kids like mine, in tears. Generally only 1 to 3 kids will place and the rest will go home having no idea why they weren’t selected as one of … 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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How to prepare a final report for your science fair project

Generally a teacher would give guidelines as to what is expected in the final report, but if none come home with the project directions, then I recommend including the following sections (similar to a scientific paper) in this order: • Title, author, date • Abstract: 1 paragraph summary of entire project • Introduction: Background information … Continue reading »

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Backboard Basics for Science Fair Projects

The backboard is the final part of most science fair projects. If your teacher has given you directions on the preferred layout, then use that — but in the event your are not sure of what goes where, here is a generic backboard template. Choose 1 to 3 colors to make the display board attractive, … Continue reading »

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Kitchen Friendly Science Fair Projects

There are plenty of science fair project ideas just waiting in your kitchen. Generally, it will mean you will be working with food: popcorn, potato chips, eggs, spaghetti, soda, maple syrup, red cabbage, and vinegar are just the beginning! Think about what special properties each one has and what “old-wives-tales” you have heard about a … Continue reading »

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Score: Kid 1, Parent 0 — Encouraging your child to pick their own science fair project topic

Finally! Yesterday, my daughter came home from school with the much anticipated science fair project guidelines. Her school didn’t coordinate the event in time for higher level science fair competitions, so these projects would be for just for a school demonstration. “What are we doing this year?” I exclaimed with the enthusiasm of an over-involved, … 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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How young is too young for a judged science fair?

This is my first guest blog from another Science Blogger and provides an additional perspective on the Science Fair experience in schools. Leave the Judging for Middle and High School Students By Susan Wells Susan Wells is a mother of two girls in first and fourth grade in the Denver metro area. She organizes her … 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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Popcorn Projects – YUM!

Advantages: Quick, relatively cheap, relatively easy, and you can bribe kids with eating the popcorn AFTER the project is done. Disadvantages: Most lack creativity. The best option is always to design your own, but here are a few ideas to inspire you. Let’s start with variables – what are the “things” we can change when … Continue reading »

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