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!

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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 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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Dirty Laundry Lessons

Science at Home:  Dirty Laundry Lessons, Part 1

It shouldn’t have come as a shock to my family that I went to college and majored in a scientific field.  After all, I showed an early proclivity for experimentation, long before the days of chemistry class or science fair projects.  At the ripe age of 9, I conducted an “experiment” to see what types of materials burn faster.  (NOTE:  Do NOT try this at home, or at least not without extreme adult supervision!!)  All went well until I tested a Kleenex…which I promptly had to drop into the metal trash can…filled with Kleenex…well, you get the picture.  A few seconds later and after a mad fire stomp by several members of my family (Metal trash cans get hot when engulfed in flame and cannot be carried out of the house; that was my mom’s take home lesson), my first science lab was finished.  As was the carpet.  Not a stellar start to my science career, but it didn’t slow me down.  Much. 

However, I would like to suggest some fun and SAFER “science-y” things to do at home.  These ideas can be used as a simple introduction to the scientific method, or you can take it further and use it as a starting board for a full-blown science project.  First off, we’ll start in the laundry room, since I seem to spend a large portion of my life there! 

1)  What are the effects of hard/soft water on detergents?  Or, what are the effects of certain salts on detergents?  To do this experiment, create a universal stain on several cloth strips(all made of same material).  Be sure to leave some material unstained as a point of comparison.  To create a consistent stain, consider soaking in something like grape juice or coffee.  Stain all the material at the same time for the same amount of time.  Start with ½ liter of purified water in several 2 Liter bottles (this will be your washing machine).  Leave one “machine” as purified water only.  This is your control.  To each of the other two liters, add salts.  You can try different salts (Magnesium, Calcium, Sodium), OR try using different amounts of the same salt in different two liters.  Add a cloth strip and the same amount of detergent to each “machine.”  I recommend using only a teaspoon of detergent.  Count the number of shakes (do whatever your arms can handle; but do your best to shake each two liter the same amount of time/number of shakes).  

Oh, my mind races with the possibilities with this one:  comparing detergents, amounts of salts, lather, time, etc.  However, try to keep it simple.  Only test one thing at a time. 

Well, tune in next time for more laundry lab.  Who knows, if nothing else, you might get Suzie or Johnny interested in science and the upcoming science fair.  Or, at the very least, maybe they’ll do the laundry for you next time!

Yours in Science,
Cecilia
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Science Projects for Sixth Graders

Finding the right science project topic for students at the 6th grade level might be somewhat difficult. It has to be something they can understand and do mostly for themselves, but also be able to hold their interest, and teach them something.  By using  the resources you have readily at your disposal, including your child’s science teacher, the library, and the internet, you can help find the perfect 6th grade science project  for your student

First, consult with your child’s science teacher when trying to find a good science project idea, especially at the 6th grade level. This way, you’ll be sure to know what the class is currently studying to keep the project relevant but not redundant, and clarify any requirements or deadlines.

Next, science project books, easily found at the public library, are reliable and easy to use resources for finding and executing a science project. Using the library is a great way to teach your child to search for books by subject matter, in this case looking for science projects or the subject matter that interests them, and to ask for help from the librarian if you need it. 

 Finally, the internet is a great place to find huge amounts of 6th grade science project ideas, but you have to know where to look to save yourself time. While you can begin with a general search for science project ideas, it might be a good idea to search more specifically for websites like http://www.akronlibrary.org/DBS/SFDB/Default.aspx that are searchable by subject matter or grade level, so that you aren’t finding projects that are too easy or difficult for your student. Another great tool is the free project guides found at http://www.middle-school-science-projects.com/guide.pdf.

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Choosing a Seventh Grade Science Projects

Choosing a 7th grade science project can be daunting. Maybe you’re trying to think of a fun and educational project to do with your favorite middle school student. There are several places you can look to try to find age appropriate and feasible science projects including the internet, your child’s teacher, even the public library. The most important thing is to use your resources to find a project you and your student can actually execute, and enjoy at the same time. 

When choosing a 7th grade science project topic, one of the best places to begin is by talking with your child’s science teacher. They can give you advice based on your what the science class is currently studying, and make sure that the project your child chooses fulfills the project requirements for the class. Their teacher might also be able to recommend a good science project book, which brings us to our next useful tool, the public library. The library is full of kid friendly science books, even books geared specifically toward science projects for any age. A great science project book might be helpful as you know you’d be using reliable information that will walk you through the experiment. 

The internet is also a great resource for finding a 7th grade science experiments. Either by searching specifically for a type of project i.e. “7th grade science project, chemistry,” or by searching for a database full of science projects like http://www.akronlibrary.org/DBS/SFDB/Default.aspx or http://www.youth.net/nsrc/sci/sci.index.html, you’re sure to be able to find an assortment of science experiments that your child will be interested. Another great find on the internet is the free science project guide at http://www.middle-school-science-projects.com/guide.pdf.

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Science Topics on the Internet for Eighth Graders

The perfect science topic for your 8th grader can be found on the internet.  It is an amazing resource to use when trying to find that important project that is challenging, educational, but also grade level appropriate and interesting for your student.  Internet searches allow for the type of specificity that will help you find a science project that balances all of these crucial elements. 

Once your child has decided what type of science project they would like to attempt, you can search for projects along with more specific search criteria like their grade level, or the subject matter. For example, “8th grade science project ideas, butterflies.” This should hopefully yield plenty of results. It’s important to narrow your results with criteria like your child’s grade level, age, or a subject matter so that you can be sure you are getting results that will be useful to you. 

No matter what subject your student decides they want to do a project on, it might be wise to browse an online database of 8th grade science projects, like those found at http://www.akronlibrary.org/DBS/SFDB/Default.aspx or http://www.youth.net/nsrc/sci/sci.index.html, which you can look through by grade level or subject area. Databases like these are full of ideas and instructions, and are easier to use than just a simple general search that might bring you to an unreliable site. Another great resource for one-stop 8th grade science project ideas are the free guides found at http://www.middle-school-science-projects.com/guide.pdf.

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Sixth Grade Science Project Topics on the Internet

One of the most diverse tools when trying to find a great 6th grade science project topic is definitely the internet. Whatever your student’s interests, you are sure to be able to find a fun and educational science project that will satisfy their school science project requirements. You just need to know where to look. 

Start with a more general search for a project in your child’s area of interest. For example, “6th grade science projects, marine biology” or “6th grade science projects, earth sciences.” This might yield some useful results, but you may be at risk of becoming overwhelmed with too many results, or too many projects that don’t suit your child’s curriculum or interests.

If you’d like to browse several subject areas at once, you can try searching for websites that contain large inventories of science project ideas. Very often these databases, like the ones found at http://www.akronlibrary.org/DBS/SFDB/Default.aspx or http://www.youth.net/nsrc/sci/sci.index.html, are capable of being searched by grade level or subject, and have reliable science projects that are age appropriate for your student. This might be a better strategy than finding a project idea on an independently run website that might not be trustworthy. You can also find a free online 6th grade science project guide at http://www.middle-school-science-projects.com/guide.pdf

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Science Project Topics

science fair topics for middle school

Watch for whole new set of science project with science fair topics that are perfect for middle school! In fact, the projects are called Middle School Science Projects. There will be some cool experiments, and one demonstration. Here are the topics that are planned:

1. How do different hair products affect the strength of hair. Girls are especially interested in doing a science project about hair. In this project, you will 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. What liquid is best for growing beans. This experiment involves pH and hydroponics, and you get to make your own litmus paper.

4. What makes yeast grow best? This is a project with yeast as the science fair topic, but its a demonstration.

5. This one is a demonstration/model. We’ll be building a solar heater with cans and a window frame.

PS You don’t have to wait for the new package. Get a free science project guide here.