From Janice VanCleave’s Guide to the Best Science Fair Projects, Janice VanCleave (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1997)
I can’t begin to count the number of times I have heard this question. If you are like me, let me introduce you to Science Buddies
This website has over 700 science fair projects, but it is more than just a list. Steer your students to the Topic Selection Wizard. After filling out some basic information, the wizard will ask all sorts of questions to figure out their interests. I answered the questions as a middle school student interested in the environment and technology. I was please with my results.
The Point of a Parabola: Focusing Signals for a Better Wireless Network
Rooftop Gardens: Are they a Cool Idea?
Image Compression vs Image Quality: Finding the Best Tradeoff
Digital Voice Analysis
Once your student has picked a topic, there is a great how to guide and reference material. And if you still need help there is an Ask the Expert Section. This forum is a team of volunteer scientists answering questions from students. Be sure to do a search before asking a question.
Don’t forget about Discovery Edcation Streaming. They have a “How to Prepare a Science Fair Project” video for middle school and a Magic School Bus video on science fair projects for elementary school.
Discovery Education also has a great site called Science Fair Central.
Lastly, what do you do when your project is due in a few days? Go to Easy Science Fair Projects.
Here you will find detailed instructions on how to complete a science fair project in a short amount of time with limited resources. Don’t expect to win any ribbons with these projects, but they can be handy in a pinch.