Can you help me pick a science fair project?

Science Fair Project DisplayFrom 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.

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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.  



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  1. Deb Bolinger said:

    Wow !! Great info Aaron. Thank you. I am going to copy paste this in my Classroom blog.

  2. Melissa Edwards said:

    Thanks for this awesome information. I can’t wait to share it on my class blog and with fellow teachers!

  3. Rom said:

    You could always look at the planets which could possibly support life and wether they are a sustainable solution…. But good info!!

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