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Science Fair Projects for students of all ages

1 The Science Fair  <pg 1, 2, 3>
2 Scientific Method   <pg 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7>
3 The Experiment   <pg 1, 2, 3, 4>
4 Recording & Analyzing Your Science Project   <pg 1, 2, 3 >
5 Displaying Your Project  <pg 1, 2, 3, 4, 5>
Introduction   <pg 1, 2, 3, 4>
6 Judging  <pg 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6> ...More

 

Your Project Journal

As you consider various ideas for your project, you should record them in a notebook. This will be your journal. Your journal should also be used to record descriptions of your experiments, as well as the results of your experiments. This is where you will record all data, diagrams, charts etc. Remember that your journal will probably be displayed with the rest of your project, so make sure to keep it neat and systematic!

 

Choosing a topic

Once you pick a topic, you should stick to it. Jumping from one topic to another will only set you back in your project. Therefore, it's important to spend time selecting a topic that interests you. At the end of the day, the purpose of doing your project is to help you learn more about science. You're not doing this solely for the purpose of impressing the judges, or winning prizes. Therefore, your project does not necessarily have to be sophisticated or extremely challenging. Keeping it simple is probably the best approach.

How to choose a specific topic

This is probably the most important and hardest part of your research. You will have to choose a specific topic for your project. First, start with a general topic such as "plants". Refer to page 55 for a list of broad topics. Then, narrow down to one particular aspect of the topic. You could ask yourself "What affects the growth rate of plants?". Once you have decided on this particular aspect of plants, you can then further narrow down to a very specific question such as "Do plants grow faster when they are grown hydroponically, instead of in soil?"



There are many places to look for help in deciding on a topic or idea for your project. Some options are:
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Your own observations and past experience Based on what you may have recently observed, or perhaps noticed in the past, you may be able to come up with very interesting questions. For example, you may have noticed that birds never seem to have problems perching on power lines. This could become your research topic.

 

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Refer to a Science project book Science fair project books usually contain many project ideas with instructions and detailed explanations. However, books can only contain that many ideas, due to physical constraints.

 

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Search the web There are many websites out there which list ideas for science fair projects. You can perform a keyword search for "Science Fair Project" in your favorite search engine.


 

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