Get Ready For a Great Science Project for Kids Early

You need to start thinking early about a great science project for kids…

But if you don’t  there are quick and easy science fair projects for kids that are just as good

 

great  science project for kidsScience fair season gets into full swing in January and  goes through spring.  Some schools even wait until the end of the year for their science fairs, while others do in the fall, but in general looking for a great science fair project for kids to do begins after the Holidays. It would not be wasting your time to start thinking about it beforehand. Parents can use science fair projects at home in lots of ways, not just for science fair

Start looking early

  • Get the project dates and topics when you go to parent conferences in the fall. That will help save some time and energy.
  • You don’t have to make a finals decision early, just start looking so when the time comes you have done the ground work and weeded out bad ones and have a stash to choose from.
  • By looking for a great science project for kids early, you can be sure to have the supplies on hand.  Sometimes there might be a special ingredient  to order ahead of time.
  • For large projects, it give you time to clear some space so when the time comes you don’t have to deal with finding space to do it.  Or at least plan ahead for the time it will take to make space in the garage or basement.

 Read through the entire project before choosing

  • You need to know how long it will take before you start.
  • You need to see if there are any hard to find materials to start searching for
  • You need to double check and make sure the proper steps to  science experiments are followed
  • You need to be sure it is the right age level for your child.
  • You also need to make sure it is the right type of project, a common mistake.  Is is a demonstration, an experiment or  a collection?

Reality does kick in and lots of time you find yourself kicking yourself for not starting early. If it is the last minute you can still find a great science project for kids, they just need to be quick and easy science fair projects

  • In addition to reading the directions for time and odd materials,  check to see if they use common everyday things you already have at home.
  • Instant download comes in handy with any last minute science projects for kids, and pre-loaded spreadsheets
  • Even simple science fair projects can follow the scientific method and study cool science stuff.
  • Directions that are written in kid language help when you are working in a time crunch!

balloonexpandedWe have had quite a bit success with our 24 Hour Science Projects that are kid tested and teacher approved.  All of our home science projects for kids to use were written for real kids who used them at school and even won awards.  We like they because they not only have the pre-formatted spreadsheets and can be downloaded in an instant, but they also include research links and use the scientific method. Nice and quick and easy science fair projects!

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Everyday Science Projects Ideas

Everyday science projects ideas are usually easy to find, easy to do and make sense!

everyday science projects ideasThe best two everyday science projects ideas come from the kitchen! Food and liquids!

Food can be a great source for getting everyday science projects ideas to use in the upcoming science fairs.

Food is convenient
Food is familiar
Food lends itself to a many different directions
Food is adaptable to projects for all ages
Food can be quick and easy
Food can be used for long term study

You can analyze the food itself, look at the effects of an ingredient in a recipe, compare brand names for crispness or freshness, and you can grow it. You can look at the manufacturing and distribution or look at nutrition or fertilizers and pesticides

Now with liquids

you have all of the above and the added fun of making a mess with fizzing, oozing, and exploding.

Think of all the everyday science project ideas that you can come up with with cleaning liquids

Liquids are visual, so by  having several clear containers you can see the results in front of your very eyes,make it a great idea.

Need Examples? Here are some experiments we have at 24 Hour science projects, that use food/water/liquids as great everyday science projects ideas.

Which cereal is the flakiest?
How to make those yeast balloons and liquids.
Analyze Vitamin C and how long it lasts.
Water density and floating Leggos.
Adding Alka-Seltzer to different Liquids to see the chemical reaction.
Salt, eggs and ice are other everyday products that can be used in simple science projects for students.

Another thing about using everyday things like food, water or liquids is that the research you have to do is a little less scary because you are dealing with something you know about. They might not know about the chemical reaction, but they know what Alka Seltzer and what it is used for so it gives them a starting point. It is always easier to understand when you add new knowledge to something you already have than it is to learn about an unfamiliar.

As you can see, when your child is looking for ideas for a science fair project, you may not need to go any further than your own house for inspiration!

Use these links to find, download and start using instantly food and liquid everyday science projects ideas and other cool ideas too!

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Three Cool Science Fair Projects from 2011 Science Fairs

You can read about cool science fair projects that were used in recent science fairs to get some great ideas for this year.

cool science fair projectsI found myself reading about some cool science project ideas from Google Alerts, as we like to keep track of what is going on in the science fair world, and I found a couple that fit right in with what we teach at 24 hour science projects. The main thing I look for is that if they are quick and easy projects to do, and use common every day things you can find around the house.

One of the things we try to get across is that easy to do does not mean simple science. You can find some advanced science concepts that many people never quite get, but since the projects use things you find at home or a quick trip to the local store, that are easy to organize and do. Some of these can be done is as little asn one day and others take a little more time

Here are summaries of the three cool science fair projects I found from this past season:

  • Looking at mold and different kinds of bread: This is good because there are a variables you could zone in on to study mold. The ingredients are simple as can be, but you will need to do this over a period of days or weeks to keep track of the progress of the mold. Different bread types, temperatures, what you put on it, preservatives are just some of a long list of things you could study.
  • Magnetizing seeds to see if they germinate faster: You can read the details from the link, but this was cool because it came from a grandmothers old wives tail, about magnetizing the seeds they used back on the farm. This is another one that is simple to do, easy to record the data, but will take some time, to watch the germination.
  • Which paper towel is more absorbent: This would be a true 24 hour project because you can almost instantly judge how much water different brands of paper towel really absorb., or if single or double layered or ply make a difference, and even compare it to towels or sponges or whatever you want. Again, there are many variables you can test out with this kind of project, so as an idea starter

Notice that in our minds, these are cool science fair projects because each one of them uses common everyday household items like a stop watch, paper towels, bread, or magnets. Believe it or not you will notice that your kids tend to get more “in” projects when they can go rummaging in your cabinets and closets and find what they need themselves!

When you are dealing with a last minute project, where you don’t have much time you can find some really cool science fair projects that still use the scientific principles teachers require!

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Great Science Projects for Children Over Time, A Weekend or A Day!

It is possible to not only do great science fair projects that take a long time, but there are science projects for children that can be done quickly or over a weekend too!

science projects for childrenWhen it comes to  finding, and then doing science projects for children to use for a science fair, the first you tend to think of is time consuming with weeks of collecting data.  There are really cool and simple science fair projects that involve some time, and there are also some project equally as cool that can be done in one weekend, and believe it or not there are last minute projects that can be done in one day.

The key is with most of the best science projects for children to do is to keep it simple and use materials easily found at home or with a quick trip to a local store.  The science concepts involved can be as complicated as you want, but you are better off with a simple one, particularly if there is any hope of the child doing this on their own without much science homework help. As long as it meets the requirements of the teacher, usually the scientific method is involved, you will be good to go.

Here are three examples of simple, science projects for children  that can be done over time,  in a weekend and on one day.

Science project that need some time
I recently read an article about a girl who looked at bread mold and how different preservatives used in bread, affect how long it takes for mold to grow, or if it even grows.  You can see that it is simple, all you need is some bread with different preservatives, and I am thinking a warm moist environment?  It will be cool because it will become pretty disgusting, or pretty if you are into colors of mold,  but it is also something that can be measured easily over time.  How much mold grew, how many days before it grew and so on.  This is kind project that turns into a family project.  But would never work at the last minute. You can read all about this project here.

Science projects for children to do in a weekend
When you have a weekend, the actual project can be  fairly quick, usually it means track data over several hours, or overnight.  One popular project is looking at different kinds of insulation and seeing what works best for keeping something warm or cold.  This works well as not only does it seems like a popular topic with the push for more green technology, but all you really need is to track temperatures over several hours and then overnight to get decent data.  We have all the details set up for you for this one at Weekend Science Projects here

One Day Science Fair projects can be cool too.

Not only are these great for the last minute when you did not realize a project was due, (we’ve all been there), but they can work well for a quick homework experiment that may not mean making a big display for a science fair.  Keeping with the green theme, you can quickly analyze which toilet paper is most biodegradable.  You go through all the scientific steps, but you will see the results fairly quickly.

You can see all of these science projects for children tend to use easy to find materials, are things the children can do themselves, but are also things the family can also get interested in too.

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Judging a Science Fair- How Do They Do It?

How are science fairs judged?  Knowing how they will be judging a science fair makes a difference!

blue ribbon projectKnowing how your science fair project is going to be judged can be really helpful as you know the things that they will be looking for as they go around judging a science fair project.

Here is how judging a science fair works in most elementary school science fairs:

A rubric is developed based on the goals and the specific  points in the assignment.

Usually this involves five different areas, that cover the whole process, not just the final presentation.  So the early steps of making a science fair project get equal credit

Example of what five areas a science project will be judged on:

  • Hypothesis– Is it written to reflect a specif goal and one variable?
  • The experiment  itself– Were the directions followed, were there at least three trials were the steps followed clearly listed.
  • Conclusion drawn from data– did the conclusion come directly from the results and not from what you “know” already
  • Oral Presentation or Written Report- did the report follow the format given,  the right length, grammar, spelling etc.

Each teacher or school will have specific elements they are looking for for each step, or they might choose five different things to judge their science fair.

Scoring

Each step is worth 5 points-  so you get a score of 1-5 on eaach element.
A perfect score would be 25 points.

Sometime different people judge different part.  Like one person would judge the displays while the language Arts teacher might grade the report teacher, and a team of judges would divvy up the other three.

Some school use three judges who judge the whole project and the average of the three scores is used.  So If one student got 25 points from one, 23 from another and 22 from a third the total would be 70, divide by 3 and you get a  23.33 for your average

Other schools use the same rubric, but it is what the teacher uses to give the project a grade, and there is not real judging or prizes awarded. A good science fair project will have all the elements there and ready to go.

Before worrying about judging a science fair, you need a great project that is kid tested and teacher approved!

We have  lots  great projects  through this link, some can be finished in one day!

 

 

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Science Projects For Students- The Long and Short of It

Some science projects for students take a LONG time, others  can be short and quick.  Both can be cool!

When it comes to finding, and then doing science projects for students to use for a science fair, the first you tend to think of is time consuming with weeks of collecting data. There are really cool and simple science fair projects that involve some time, and there are also some project equally as cool that can be done in one weekend, and believe it or not there are last minute projects that can be done in one day.

The key is with most of the best science projects for students is to keep it simple and use materials easily found at home or with a quick trip to a local store. The science concepts involved can be as complicated as you want, but you are better off with a simple, particularly if there is any hope of the child doing this on their own.

Here are three examples of simple, science projects for students that can be done over time, in a weekend and on one day.

Science projects that need some time

 

I recently read an article about a girl who looked at bread mold and how different preservatives used in bread, affect how long it takes for mold to grow, or if it even grows. You can see that it is simple, all you need is some bread with different preservatives, and I am thinking a warm moist environment? It will be cool because it will become pretty disgusting, or pretty if you are into colors of mold, but it is also something that can be measured easily over time. How much mold grew, how many days before it grew and so on. This is kind project that turns into a family project. But would never work at the last minute.

Science projects for students to do in a weekend

When you have a weekend, the actual project can be fairly quick, usually it means track data over several hours, or overnight. But you have the whole weekend to organize, and get the write-up or  display put together so it looks good.  One popular project is looking at insulation and seeing what works best. This works well as it seems like a popular topic with the push for more green technology.

 

One Day Science Fair projects can be cool too.

Not only are these great for the last minute when you did not realize a project was so, we’ve all been there, but they can work well for a quick homework experiment that may not mean making a big display for a science fair. Keeping with the green theme, you can quickly analyze which toilet paper is most biodegradable.
You can see all of these science projects for students use easy to find materials, are things the kids can do themselves, but the family can also get interested in which can help motivate the kids and keep interest alive.

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A Quick, Easy Science Fair Project For Middle School

interesting science fair project

One of the themes we have here is  that great science can be learned by using materials you have at home, and how the quick, easy science fair projects can sometimes teach the best science.  Here is an experiment that involves paper towels.  There are a lot of things you can do, like test which one is more absorbent or which ones are stronger like they show on commercials.  Here is one where you use the paper towels simply as one of the materials in the experiment.

 

Filtering water is a common topic in middle school, as part of an ecology unit, or in the study of pond water, or when straight out studying how water filters work.  Here is an idea for a simple experiment.

 

It  can be a pretty simple experiment,  you want to find out which sort of filtering system can take the most impurities out of rain water or pond water.

 

All you need is some jars and then make cones from a double layer of paper towels.  (may-be you already did a test to see which brand holds up the best) which will act as the filter.  figure out how to fold the paper towels to place them into  the jars and then put common filtering substances like gravel, sand, carbon, newspaper, cotton and even the salt mixture you use in your home system on top of the towel. If you want, you could so some combinations, cotton and carbon, sand and gravel.   Then you just pour the pond water into the jars and the paper towel that has the most stuff on it, filtered the best.

 

This can easily be used as a demonstration project, but it should be after you do your experiment and collect the data, then you can pick a sampling to demonstrate to your class.  The paper towl with the most funk on it, will be easy to show to the classmates.

 

For middle school students, it will require being able to explain what you are doing and why,  you chose those items.  This is good practice for middle school students and one of the reasons why demonstration projects work so well with this age. A quick, easy science fair project is a great way to practice.

 

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Simple Grade 8 Science Fair Projects Could End up at Google!

Who Knew?   Google sponsored a world wide science fair, and grade 8 science fair projects qualify!

grade 8 science fair projcetsRecently, Google sponsored their first ever Science Fair and since they are Google, they were able to get plenty of great sponsors like National Geographic,Scientific American, Lego, and CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. The age range for this event was 13-18 so there was plenty of room for grade 8 science fair projects as they fall into the age range.
Before you think that regular every day kids could never end up at Google, I want to share with you what the 13-14 year old division winners did for an 8th grade project, as proof that quick and easy science fair projects are just as good as the more complicated ones, and in fact they may even help you learn better science and win some awards to boot.

Here is the scoop about the 13-14 age group:

Lauren Hodge, from the USA, won the 13- and 14-year-old age group with her project about marinating chicken. Really! Her hypothesis was that using lemon juice in the marinade will decrease the amount of carcinogens released when cooking the chicken. See what I mean, a simple concept. It all boils down sometimes to how scientific the experiment was. In fact when you look at the Google  judging criteria, it should look very familiar, as it is based on the steps to the scientific method to a tee.

Here is a brief look at how Google ran their science fair, and really it is a lot like any middle school science fair you are used, to, except bigger rewards, a a lot more people.

They divided the entries into groups, 13-14 year olds, 15-16 year olds and 17-18 year olds, that came from all over the world. There were initially 7,500 projects entered, but not in a live science fair, their project write ups and a video presentation were submitted. Then a panel of teachers went through and rated each project initially on the powerpoint/video presentation, and then as they whittled it down on eight different scientific criteria, which ended up with 60 semi-finalists. The process continued until the top 15 were flown to the Googleplex where they presented their projects to an all-star panel of judges.

For the complete news article on this topic click here. http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-20078967-76/whip-smart-whippersnappers-at-google-science-fair/#ixzz1T7YnER49

Guess what was the make or break piece of the power point/videos?  Which is what they used for the first cut….If the question, hypothesis and conclusion were clearly stated. Understanding and applying the scientific method is the core of all grade 8 science fair projects, and all other grades to boot!

With your local science fairs, that are also split into age levels, and the judges will be looking for the same eight criteria as the Google judges, which is all about how well you represent each step of the scientific method, and your enthusiasm, interest, research and quality of the display. Often the top middle school winners go onto a regional science fair, other places it is just self contained.

Now the 13-14 year olds won $25, 000 scholarship money, which a normal school could never do, and the top prize was $50,000. They also got the chance to do cool things the business partners brought with them, but the point is each one of these winning and often simple science fair projects started off in their own school science fair as won the opportunity to go further to regional fairs. At some point they decided or were encouraged to submit to the Google Science Fair.

So you never know how far your grade 8 science fair projects can take you!

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The Beach Is A Cool Science Experiment

cool science experimentsI was sitting on  the beach the other day …watching all the activity going on around, remembering how much fun my kids had and for that matter the beach days I had as a kid when visiting my grandmother in Florida, and it occurred to me what I seeing was fun and  pretty cool science experiments going on everywhere I looked!

The best thing was the kids, and parents, were just having fun, but were using their understanding of science and how a good experiment works, and were not even aware that is what they were doing?

  1. Where you set up and put your stuff totally depends on the tides and understanding how far it came up yesterday, the weather patterns of today.
  2. When you jump waves, or use your boogie board, it is one massive experiment to learn to judge the best time to jump or ride the wave in. As the day goes on, from your “experiment” you get better at it!
  3. Building a sand castle, or a wall, or anything in the sand is a lesson in architecture principles and the art of a good foundation. Nobody tells the kids to shore up the bottom, they figure it out.  Have you ever listened to the chatter amongst kids as they work together on one of those things?  Try this,  lets do that..  such cool science experiments they don’t even know they are doing!
  4. All it takes is one storm to see what erosion can do, the beach near me has dunes half the size of two years ago due to huge storms.  The signs about the importance of beach grass to the dunes is living example of science!
  5. Even without the storm just standing in one place in the water shows you eroision  as your feet sink deeper and the sand move around you.s
  6. We learn about the difference between onshore and ocean breezes and why we prefer the ocean breeze… yes it is cooler, but it also keeps the black biting flies away!
  7. Once July comes the sea nettles show up which is a whole new topic to learn about, but in the meantime you can find all sorts of little creatures and the shells of creatures and gain some more insight.
  8. Hydration becomes the topic of converstaion and you feel your body needing water and how fast it loses it in the heat. I don;t know about you but youy experiment with bringing frozen watr bottle, water coolers filled with ice, should you use sugar drinks or not all become science experiments.
  9. Reflection of light becomes a topic to learn about for a couple of things, that famous sunburn on the back of your legs from the water, how hot the sand gets, wearing light colors and which umbrellas keeps the sun out the best.
  10. Finally, if you are lucky you will get to watch some dolphins swim up and down the shoreline, and that is just plain cool.

 

There are some cool science experiments  that you could use at home this summer just as a fun activity. Science really is going on all around you, and kids really are interested!

Try these demonstration project ideas,

for a quick, summer project that can be done in a day….

Simple Science Fair Projects and The Power of Observation

Observe the World Around You and You Will Find  Great Simple Science Fair Projects

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simple science experimentsOne of the important steps in choosing  some simple science fair projects  is to observe your environment and pose questions and then make predictions. Then you follow the steps to a good scientific experiment  using the scientific method, and explore it and either prove or disprove your predictions.

Doesn’t this sound so simple?

Simple that is until it is your kid sitting there saying, “I don’t know what to do…” or “I don’t know what they mean to look around….” One of the problems is everyone over thinks this step and thinks it has to be some fancy science concept, rather than a simple question you probably have asked a million times yourself, without realizing it is the seed to a great, quick and easy science fair project.

Here is a perfect example of finding simple science fair projects where the topic is definitely something that interests all kids and then you experiment with it:

What is something all kids like and teachers do everything possible to keep it out o school?
GUM!

So what can you do with gum? Here is one experiment I saw online:

  • Study what the different temperatures of water does to the gum.

Hopefully you can see the makings of a great project, and how cool the charts and display will look when you are finished.

  • You pick one type/brand of gum to begin with.
  • Make a list of the attributes taste, can you bend it, ease of chewing, how long the flavor lasts, can you blow bubbles, and whatever the kids come up with.
  • Then with cold, warm, hot and boiling water keep track of the difference it makes with each attribute and chart it. You should be able to make a conclusion on what water does to gum at these temperatures.

 

  • Once you do that, older students might want to take it a step further and expand and do the same thing with different brands, sugarless, fruit flavored, bubble gum, gum balls, etc to see if it does the same thing to all gum, or whatever.

How fun the display board will look with all those different types of gum and the charts!

This is a simple example of looking in your environment, posing a question and experimenting with it. It is quick, simple and a great way to learn how to use the steps to the scientific method, without even realizing it.

When you think about it, you run into these simple little questions all the time, particularly in the kitchen. Does hot or cold water make the brownies better? How fast do ice cubes melt in different temperatures? Which brands of bread molds faster? and Does putting it in the refrigerator do any good? These are the kinds of questions that come up all the time and make great science fair projects.

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