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Science Fair Projects for Middle School

Need middle school science projects? A whole new set of science project has just been developed – with science fair topics that are perfect for middle school! In fact, the projects are called just that: Middle School Science Projects. There are five fabulous topics:
science fair proejcts for middle school
1. How does hair change as a result of different hair care products?. Girls are especially interested in doing a science project about hair. In this project, we treat hair, then test its strength.

2. Does the amount of Vitamin C in Orange juice change over time? This is a slightly more advanced version of the popular Vitamin ‘C’itrus’ project.

3. How does the type of soil affect water flow? This experiment involves doing a soil analysis – which is fascinating – and then seeing how water flows – or drips – through.

4. What makes yeast grow best? This yeast project finds out what that little fungus likes to eat best. Balloons are involved – and gas.

5. What’s the best model for a solar heater? You can scavenge through the trash to find the elements to build this solar heater that really works!

Check all these projects out today at the Middle School Science Projects site!

Fun Science Experiments

Every student wants a fun middle school science project! To most kids, a science project simply has to be fun. Frankly, most teachers share this view. From a teacher’s standpoint, it’s much better for a student if he or she is interested in the topic being studied.

Of course, a fun science experiment isn’t the final goal. The purpose of a science project is to teach the child about science. To do that, teachers and science fair administrators usually have strict guidelines about what a project or experiment must include. Experiments must usually follow the scientific method. Demonstrations must explain a scientific principle. All projects must include research and references.

But a science project is also supposed to whet a child’s appetite for science. A fun and interesting project will make a student want to learn even more about our fascinating world and the scientific laws that govern it. And a fun science project is a great way to do just that.

Here is a list of idea for science projects that will expand a child’s science knowledge and experience, but also meet that number one kid requirement – of fun.

1. Show how yeast gives off gas. Put yeast in a bottle of warm water, top it a balloon, and watch the balloon fill up with gas. This project can be done as a demonstration in front of the class, or as an fun science experiment.

2. What can you do to speed up a chemical reaction? Plop Alka Seltzer into a cup of water and time it. Then crush the Alka Seltzer, and watch it fizz even faster after you put it into a cup of water. Still another time, reduce the amount of water, add Alka Selter, and see how fast it dissolves. This is a demonstration science project, and is terrific to wow classmates.

3. Explore the concept of density. Pour water, Karo syrup, rubbing alcohol, and vegetable oil into a tall container. Watch how they layer. Then drop in different items, like a penny, a cork, a Lego or a candle, and see where they float – or sink. The concept of density is advanced enough for middle schoolers, but can still be understood by kindergartners.

4. Show how a chicken egg is a cell with a selectively permeable membrane. Soak a raw egg in vinegar for a weekend. The shell will come off. Then put the egg into dark syrup and watch what happens! This is another fun science project that can be done as an investigation or a demonstration.

5. Find out about static cling. Rub a sheet of plexiglass with a wool sock, then show how balloons and hair stick to it. Or, try make a ball of aluminum foil dance, as shown in this You-Tube video.

Detailed instructions for these projects are available at Middle School Science Projects. You’ll also find all sorts of reference materials to help with the science involved. We’ll definitely be able to steer you in the right direction as you search for fun science experiments.

Kayla Fay

PS Hear, Hear is a fun science project that experiments to see if two ears hear better than one. Get step by step instructions for this project in the Weekend Page of our Science Project guides.

“It’s Elementary” Science Projects

Elementary Science Projects are tricky. On one hand, you want a science project that your child can do and understand – so it can’t be too hard. On the other hand, you need a project that your teacher will accept – and it can’t be too easy.

We’ve got a suggestion – Undercover Sneeze! This science project is great for early elementary students. It deals with the health – on a subject elementary kids are very familiar with – covering your mouth when you sneeze.

Undercover Sneeze simulates what happens when someone sneezes. It measures the spread of ‘germs’ with hands and without.

Germs are mimicked by making paper punches and loading them into an inflated balloon. The balloon is popped – which represents the sneeze, and the punches scatter like germs do. Students measure the distance that the punches spread.

Two sets of trials are performed for this science project. For one set, paper ‘hands’ are set up around the balloon, simulating a hand held in front of the mouth.

For a first elementary science project, this is an easy experiment that kids can do on their own. They learn to form an hypothesis, to follow a procedure, to keep up with data (it’s just counting!), and to form a conclusion. The project is easy to do, and although they’ll need an adult to supervise, the kids can do the entire project by themselves. A true example of what you’re looking for in elementary science projects.

 

Get step by step instructions for this awesome project from our 24 Hour Science Projects Package!

Winning Science Projects – A Straight Flush

We’ve got a lot of winning science projects in our collection of guides. One of our favorite winners is A Straight Flush. This experiment compares the biodegradability of different types of bathroom tissue, and can be classified as a consumer or and environmental science project. winning science projects

Some students choose to compare brands of tissue, and others choose to compare types – like one or two ply, scented or non, or pre-moistened. To do this project, you need tissue samples, a scale with close tolerances (that means it shows the weight in very small increments – like ounces or milligrams), jars, water, and a screen. We used the scale at the post office, and yes, we did get some funny looks weighing toilet paper tissue. You could possibly also use the scale at the grocery store or pharmacist if you ask nicely and flash a winning smile.

a straight flush science project

To do this, you weigh the tissue samples, soak them in water for a period of time, ‘flush’ them through a funnel, let the non-flushed tissue dry, then compare the weight of the pre-soaked tissue to the post-soaked tissue. It’s a very easy and inexpensive project to do. It’s fun and you’ll learn a lot. And, yes, it has been a winner at the science fair!

To get step by step instructions for this experiment – plus reference materials and pre-formatted graphs/charts, get our package of science project guides. Our guides can’t guarantee you’ll win at the science fair, but if you ask us – any time you learn something and learn to love science more – you have a winning science project!

 

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Creating an Experiment from a Model, or Demonstration

Elementary and middle school science projects almost always have to be done in the form of an experiment. The trouble for most students is that most of the time, projects that are on the internet or in books are either demonstrations or models. Since they don’t follow the scientific method, neither of these meet the qualifications of the school science fair.

The good news is that many times, a model can be used in an experiment, and variables can be added to a demonstration, so that it can be one, too. Here are five examples of projects that are modified to become an experiment.

– How hot can a solar heater get? – First of all, finding the answer to this question may result in a fire! Make it an experiment by testing two different solar heater models. Construct two identical heaters, one with a glass front, and the other with a plexiglass front. (The instructions are live here.) Measure the temperature over several days, and see which one got the hottest.

– How can you make a potato canon? – This is a fun activity, and it demonstrates how cool science can be, but it doesn’t test anything. How can you turn it into an experiment? Vary the trajectory, and ask, “At which angle will a potato canon launch a potato the farthest?”

– What happens when you mix chalk and lemon juice? – Studying acids and bases is fascinating, but there are no variables – so it’s not an experiment. Change it up. Soak pieces of chalk in water, a basic solution, and an acid, and note the variance in the weight.

– What happens when bean seeds germinate? – This is a great lesson, but what are kids comparing? Turn it into an experiment by testing “At which temperature do bean seeds germinate the best?” Use different watt bulbs to vary the temperature.

– How do bones change when soaked in vinegar? – This is close to an experiment, but the project I saw didn’t have a way to measure the change. The results of a true experiment must be measurable. Come up with a weigh to measure the amount of weight the bones can support before breaking, and you may just win your middle school science fair.

Remember, an experiment is a test of the relationship between two variables that have measurable results that can be replicated. It amazes me that reputable science publications will label any sort of science activity as an experiment. It doesn’t matter that you’re still in middle school type of project isn’t right. You can do better than ‘real’ scientists! Turn a ‘non-experiments’ into middle school projects that will amaze judges, your teachers – and yourself!

If you’re looking for a ready made experiment, get one of our Science Project guides. They’ll take you step by step through the experiments, all of which follow the scientific method.

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The Coolest of our Cool Science Experiments

All of our science experiments are cool, but you’ll have to agree that A Slice of Ice is the coolest of our cool science experiments. You see, A Slice of Ice is an experiment that finds out if the surface area of ice affects its melting time.

Surface area is what’s on the outside. Image you make two cubes out of playdough – measuring 1 inch on each side. There will be six square inches on the outside of the cubes. Then image you flatten one of the cubes, and make it as thin as possible. Way more than six square inches will be on the outside. There is more surface area in a ‘puddle’ of playdough than in a cube.

Now imagine that the playdough is frozen water – a frozen cube and a frozen puddle. Which do you think will melt faster?

That’s what A Slice of Ice will tell you. See what a cool experiment it is?!

The first thing you’ll have to do is make ice of different shapes, but containing the same amount of water. Our experiment guide tells you an easy (and cheap!) way to get ice containers. Then you have to calculate the surface area. Depending on the type of object you have, there are different formula to calculate surface area. Our science project guide has the formula you need built into a spreadsheet. You just measure and plug in the numbers – and it will be calculated for you!

“We saw how easy it was to go into the little boxes and change the wording to ml instead of ounces.” – Deisy, parent

 

Purchase our package of guides here, and you’ll get step-by-step instructions for this project, a list of online and offline references, and photographs. Plus, you’ll get four more guides to cool science projects.

Parents, this science project can be done for almost no cost, if any at all. Don’t wait! Go to 24 Hour Science Projects today, and get your guide to cool science experiments!

The Most Popular of our Science Project Ideas

Experiments with Vitamin C are among the most popular of our science project ideas. Our Vitamin “C”itrus project is part of the 24 Hour Science Project package. It’s a cool chemistry project that is really impressive, but is really easy to do.

Most ideas for experiments involving chemistry require expensive and hard to find supplies. Experimenting with Vitamin C isn’t like that. In addition to foods containing Vitamin C, you will only need iodine, cornstarch, water, a pot, and a medicine dropper.

First you’ll extract juice from your fruits or vegetables, then you’ll make what is called a ‘titrating’ solution with cornstarch and water – a very easy process. You’ll add the titrating to your juices a drop at a time, and count the number of drops it takes until the solution turns blue. This will indicate how much Vitamin C (did you know it’s really called ascorbic acid?!) is in the juice you are testing. It’s a cool process that is fascinating to watch and do.

You can also use your own ideas to change our experiment up a bit. We give you instructions on how to do that in the expanded version of this experiment in our Middle School Science Project package.

We get notes all the time from kids who have used our Vitamin C science project ideas and have won their science fair.

“I enjoyed doing this experiment with my son. It was very interesting and it turned out real well.
You made it so easy for us. We are so glad we found you website!” – Shannon from Hawaii

Purchase our package of guides, and you’ll get step-by-step instructions for this project, a list of online and offline references, and photographs. You can enter your information into our charts, and the graph of your data is created automatically! Plus, you’ll get four more guides – so your science project ideas can really multiply.

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P.S. Did I mention that this science project idea can be finished in 24 hours? In fact, you can start any all of the projects in our 24 Hour Science Project package today and be finished by this time tomorrow! Get your package NOW!