The most important things to do when picking a science fair project:
- Pick a topic that is important to you
- Pick a topic you will enjoy studying and practicing
- Pick a project whose result would be the solution to a problem you currently see
- Create a project that can follow the Scientific or Engineering Method
If you're having trouble thinking of a project to do...
Dragonfly TV - Science Ideas from PBSkids - follow students (video) through their science project investigations
Edutopia - Ideas for educators that includes project-based learning - a dynamic classroom approach in which students actively explore real-world problems and challenges and acquire a deeper knowledge.
Geo awesomeness - a blog about geospatial technologies: maps, location-based apps, drones and remote sensing.
iNaturalist - citizen science featuring environmental observations - connect with nature!
Mad Sci Network - the laboratory that never sleeps - Scientists providing answers to your questions. Includes archives of over 36,000 answered questions at your fingertips!
MySci - Equips elementary school teachers with instructional materials and professional development opportunities in STEM.
Polymer-Search - The internet search engine for rubber & plastics - Top Science Project Ideas
Science Buddies - Looking for inspiration for a science fair project? Over 1,150 project ideas.
Science Fair Central - built by The Home Depot and Discovery Education. Project Ideas, Project Steps, Presentation Tips
SciTech Now - nineNetwork of Public Media - St. Louis based video archives exploring scientific developments, research, innovations and inventions in St. Louis and around the world.
Science - nineNetwork of Public Media - St. Louis-based science programming
The Internet Public Library - Science Fair Project Resource Guide - includes getting started, choosing a topic, completing the project and displaying your project - lots of ideas.
The National Energy Education Development Project - for educators - innovative curriculum materials in energy education for teachers from the primary grades through college - includes student guides with printable data tables and worksheets. Specific topics: forms of energy, renewable and nonrenewable sources of energy, electricity, efficiency and conservation, and transportation.
The National Science Digital Library - An online library for those interested in STEM education and research
Twin Cities PBS - Twin Cities Public Television includes science links.
USGS Education - Earthquake prediction, myths; seismic waves and more.
Zooniverse - authentic research projects for classroom integration and at home - for students and educators - explore galaxies, the surface of the moon, the Serengeti and more, students and teachers can join in citizen science on-line research.
If you're not sure how to do your project...
Scientists and engineers follow processes in their work. In science the process is really important - you want to make sure your experiment or observations are accurate. This means being clear about what you’re going to study, writing a procedure before you start, and making and recording careful measurements. Don’t worry about what is “supposed to happen” - just observe, measure, and record, then try to figure out why.
Engineering is a little different. Once you’ve picked a problem you want to solve, start brainstorming solutions. Pick one that seems the best, build it, and test it. Look for ways to improve it, then re-build and re-test (over and over again).
If you're not sure how to present your project...
This part is up to you. The goal of the presentation is to share your work and learning with others.
If you want to do a project that could potentially be selected to advance to the St. Louis Area Science Fair at Queeny, you can compete for close to $40,000 in special awards, ribbons, and scholarships.
If Queeny isn’t your goal, you’ve got a little more freedom. You still prepare an electronic project, but you don’t need to feel under pressure to meet all the needed requirements. You decide – this is supposed to be FUN!!
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