How Do Science Projects Benefit You?

I’m not a very big fan of science and it wasn’t my favorite subject at school; however, if there’s one thing about science that I remember fondly and would still be interested in today, it’s the practical projects we did in middle school. It was a time when I enjoyed science class, simply because most lessons were hands-on in that we were taught how and encouraged to make working models of theories we had listened to the previous class. And so we made working volcanoes that spouted realistic ash in chemistry class; we designed siphons that allowed us to see how water and other liquids could flow in the upwards direction, defying gravity, in physics class; and we grew our own plants and learned about photosynthesis by observing it firsthand in botany.

While some teachers would argue that projects are a waste of time, the majority know that they’re the best way to not just learn about science, but also remember what you’ve learnt throughout your life. Besides this, projects offer the following benefits too:

  • They make science more interesting: There’s no doubt that a class that involves hands-on work is much more interesting and preferable to one that comprises only boring theoretical lectures. Projects generate interest in science by inducing curiosity in students and encouraging them to delve deeper into the many layers of the subject. They pose a challenge that students are driven to achieve, and because of this, they look forward to science classes instead of dreading them.
    • They bring out the engineer in you: The link between science and engineering comes out strong and clear when you get down to creating working models for your project. You combine out your mathematical and engineering knowledge to come with the perfect scale models that not only look authentic but which also work without a hitch. You go back to the drawing board when there are errors or when your results are not accurate and you research other sources so that your project is better than those of your classmates.
    • They tap your creativity: The theory may be the same, but there may be many practical ways to implement it. So even if your whole class is given the same project, your team strives to be the most creative. You don’t have a whole lot of room to maneuver and the competition is tough; this is a situation that gets your juices flowing and encourages you to come out with a stunning design and implementation of the theory.
    • They help you understand science better: It’s easy to see that science becomes simpler to understand and learn when working models demonstrate the theoretical equations and principles you read from your textbook. You look at the subject as a means of explaining our world and how things work rather than as just text that must be memorized in order to secure a passing grade in your exams.
    • They encourage teamwork: And finally, projects foster teamwork and encourage bonding with the others in your team. This helps you prepare for real-life situations in work environments where you will most likely be part of a team and must know how to interact with the others smoothly and in good cheer.

Science projects must be encouraged not just by teachers, but by school administrations as well in order to boost interest in the subject and encourage more students to base a career on it.

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This guest post is contributed by Beatrice Owen, she writes on the topic of bachelors of science . She welcomes your comments at her email id: owen1.beatrice(@)gmail(.)com.

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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Seventh Grade Science Projects on the Internet

science materials stop watchWhen using the internet to your advantage, you are sure to find the perfect 7th grade science project for your student. It can help fulfill their science project requirements, and hopefully follow their interests as well. But you must know where to look to get the best and most results.

Have your 7th grader begin by searching more generally for science projects that suit their science interests. For example, if they want to do a science experiment that has to do with star gazing or space, you can search “7th grade science projects, astronomy” to be sure to find a project that is appropriate for their grade level. However, that may need to find a more specific science project website in order to get the best results.

There are websites that host whole databases of science projects for kids of all ages, and can be searched by grade level or subject area. Some great science project databases include The Akron Library as well as Youth.net. These websites that are intended specifically for students searching for feasible and fun science projects will likely be more reliable and easy to use than doing a broader search, where the results might be hard to verify. Another good resource are the 7th grade project guides available for free at http://www.middle-school-science-projects.com/guide.pdf, that are designed with the usual hypothesis through results structure in mind.

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“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.

 

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Science Projects for More Than One Kid

So both your kids have to do a science project?! Science Projects for families with more than one child can be an daunting task for parents. Science fairs are generally held at about the same time, so even if kids are in different schools, their projects probably have due dates that are near each other. Here are five ideas to simplify the process.

1. Let kids work together on the same project. They can each do the experiment, and will each have to do a science board or report, but you’ll only have to help find one idea and gather the materials from one list. This is the way to go if your kids are in different schools.

2. Use different variables for the same experiment. If you’re comparing amounts of Vitamin C in substances, for example, let one child test various canned fruit juices, and another child test different juices from fresh fruit. The research and procedure is the same, but the experiments are different.

3. Recycle projects. Our family has always done projects together, then saved them in the attic. One year one of our boys used the same experiment his brother had done the year before. We redid the experiment, but reused the science board, simply adding the fresh data and photographs.

4. Submit different types of the same project. If your school science fair allows it, one child can submit and experiment based project, and the other submit a demonstration. For example, one child can demonstrate how to take the shell off an egg without boiling, and another can experiment to see if water goes through the membrane.

Science projects are supposed to be wonderful learning experiences for kids – and they can be. Don’t let your family get bogged down in the process. Look for ways to streamline and coordinate, and make science fair time a fun educational time for your kids.

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Science Projects to do Outdoors

Science projects aren’t usually done outdoors, but if you stop and think, outside is the perfect place to do your next experiment. After all, most of science happens outside – geology, meteorology, botany, ecology, biology, and even chemistry. Outdoor science projects allow you to make a mess, have a larger work area, and observe some natural phenomena.

Exploring Weather – Fill a baking pan with dirt from your backyard. Tilt one end about four inches, and lean on a stack of bricks. Place the bottom end into another baking pan. Wait for rain, and watch how the water erodes the dirt. If you want, fill a second pan with dirt that has grass growing in it, and compare the amount of soil that washes into the ‘catch’ pan.

Messy Volcano Science Project – Form a mud ‘volcano’ around an empty plastic soda bottle. First, add a package of quick acting yeast to the bottle, then add a cup of hydrogen peroxide. Stand back for the eruption.

Sun Bleach – Place several different colors of construction paper in the back window of your car. On each piece of paper, place random solid objects, such as scissors, keys, or small toys. Leave in the car all day, then remove the object. The sun will have faded the part of the paper not covered up.

Night Vision – Go outside at night to a very dark spot. Take a look around, and note what you see. Wait fifteen minutes and watch how much more your eyes can see after they have adjusted to the darkness.

Or think of your own projects. Bubbles, water, plants, rocks, wind…all are great science projects to do outside. For even more ideas, get our free science project guide at http://www.24hourscienceprojects.com. In addition to a FREE science project guide, we’ll show you how to learn a lot and have a lot of FUN with your OUTDOOR science project!

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Science Project Customer Comments

We’d like to share a few of the comments we’ve received over the last few months from our 24 Hour Science Project customers.

I would first like to say that I am quite surprised you answered my email. I did not really expect you to. When I originally wrote to you, it was Tuesday evening and my daughter’s project was due on Thursday. We are not typically the type to wait until the last minute. Certain circumstances forced us into that predicament. We did Undercover Sneeze and it was really easy and we actually had fun doing the experiment. – DD

My class won 1st place in our school-wide science board fair!! Yes, I purchased the 24 Hour Science Projects on a Sunday evening. We conducted the class experiment on Monday, set the board and journals up on Tuesday/Wednesday, submitted it to the “faire” on Thursday, and …..WON! Now, we go District-wide. Thank you so much for this fabulous site and such a great variety of student-friendly projects. – Trish

You know my son won first place last year and I am very competitive so we are out to redeem his title. – Christine (using the projects for the second year!)

We are going to do the egg experiment and beef it up with great drawings of the human cell and discuss all about osmosis. What a great idea. It saved us this year. Thanks so much! – Elisa

As a retired 6th grade teacher I was glad to find this kind of help online for my grandsons. I have 5 grandchildren and three of them need to get ready for science fair projects. – Lorolie

I used your service last year and it was super. – Connie

I purchased the yeast beat from you two years ago, and she won first place. – Mary

I purchased your product to help a developmentally challenged student to complete a required science fail project. The project has been great! – Sue

We followed one of the 24 Hour Science Projects step by step instructions and read a book in regards to the experiment along with the provided websites. We were very pleased and my son was very excited that he made this project happen. He has been chosen to go to the science fair by his teacher. – Sandra

This is our second time with science projects. I am thankful there are people like you out there to help us. I am not really that good on the computer, but we are all learning together! – Daisy

I am loving your site…there are really some great ideas. – Jean

Wow! Thanks for the fast response. As we are on the proverbial single parent time crunch, your fast response was greatly appreciated. – Bob

Your explantations really helped! Jennifer

He got first place in his 1st grade class and 1st place out of all the 1st grade classes – about 75 kids. So thanks! – Rebekah

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Great Reasons To Do A Science Project With Your Kid Today

The following is an article by Chuck Lunsford.

Every science project is based on the scientific method, which is a step-by-step procedure that is used to prove or disprove your theory. Scientists in every aspect of science use the scientific method for every project that they work on.

The scientific method consists of the following steps:

Step one:

Write a research question. This is the question you are going to try to answer while doing your project.

Step two:

Research the topic. This will provide you with all of the information that is already available on your topic, you will get better results if you do a broad search on the topic, but you can also do a focused search.

Step three:

Write a hypothesis. This is what you think the answer to your question will be. You will be proving or disproving this statement in the next few steps.

Step four:

Develop an experimental procedure. This is where you are going to state how you are going to try and prove that what you think is the correct answer and you will also perform any experiments at this stage.

Step five:

Collect and state results. Here you will take all of the information you have obtained and the results of your experiments and record them in a notebook.

Step six:

Form valid conclusions. This step is the last step because here you are going to state if your answer was correct or incorrect based on all of the information and experiments that you have completed.

By basing each science project on the scientific method you are providing your child with an organized project that will help them develop important skills later in life. Depending on the exact project you are doing you might not have to use all of the steps in the scientific method and also depending on the age of the child you will want to gear the steps to their levels.

Here are three great reasons why you should do a science project with your kids today.

Reason one:

Doing a science project with your child means that you can spend quality time with them. Most parents do not have the opportunity to be stay at home parents so they are always trying to find more ways to spend time with their kids and a science project is a great opportunity. If you like plants you and your child can plant a garden and tend to it together, science projects like these require a lot of time and nurturing so it is not just an afternoon spent together. You can also involve your child in home improvement projects or you can spend the afternoon baking cookies or you can get on the internet to get a list of ideas and use stuff you have around the house or you can go to the store and buy a science kit.

Reason two:

Another great reason to do science projects with your kids are that you are teaching them how to make decisions based on the information that they find. This will help to promote your child’s critical thinking skills which will be relied upon more and more as they grow older. By doing this you are giving them the tools that they need to succeed in life.

Reason three:

By spending time with your child doing science projects you are sending them a silent message that is telling them that science is fun. The advantage to this is you might encourage an interest that your child was unaware that they had. And by picking a project that you are both interested in you can have fun while learning about something new. And kids have an endless thirst for knowledge, so giving them all of these opportunities to learn is a great way to quench that thirst.

Just Science Projects is a well-known source for science projects and science experiments for kids. Just Science Projects features dozens of fun experiments and projects that teach science principles while showing them that science is fun! To get science projects and science fair ideas for your kids, visit us or call us at 206-498-6502.

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Chemical Change Science Projects

As students head to middle and high school, they are expected to do more advanced science projects. Many kids like to do an experiment with a dramatic chemical change. We have a couple of chemical change science projects that our boys have done. These are slightly more advanced, yet still have easy to find supplies and are relatively easy to do.
Our most popular project involving chemicals is Vitamin “C”itrus. This experiment determines which fruit has the most vitamin C. A simple indicator is made, and students (and parents) enjoy watching the chemical reaction that occurs along with titration, which is a fancy way of saying “putting in drops”. This project can be modified in several different ways, allowing your student’s creativity to shine. We get letters from many students telling us that Vitamin “C”itrus was submitted to the fair, and was winning science project.
Another great science project involving a chemical change is our project The Yeast Beast. This project is so much fun to watch that our kids did it over and over until we ran out of yeast. Students watch what happens when yeast ‘eats’ sugar. This project is marketed as a demonstration project, but we also offer instructions to do it as an experiment.
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Our 25th Science Project – and Counting

science project adding yeastOne year I decided I would do a science project called “Do Science Projects Cause Maternal Insanity?” That was the year we sent one of our sons to the neighbor’s house to do his science experiment. It was one of the years that each of our four boys had to do science projects.

Thirty five years ago, when I was in elementary school, it was easy to do a science project. You made a trip-tik science board out of a cardboard box, hand wrote your topic and procedure, then made a model of a volcano or made an egg squeeze into a bottle. Your teacher had never heard of the scientific method, and your mother never even knew your science project was due.

Those were the good old days. Now, children are expected to choose a science project topic, submit a proposal, form a hypothesis, perform an experiment with three trials, graph and chart the results, develop and present an abstract, give an oral report, and pretend they did all this without help from parents.

It really is enough to drive a mother insane.

But smile, mom! You’ve discovered a secret weapon to help you conquer the dreaded science project. If you’re at this blog, you’ll find it easy to click over to 24 Hour Science Projects and sign up for a free copy of “The Non-Scientist Parent’s Guide to Science Fair Projects“, a guide that will answer almost every question you have about doing a science project with your child.

We’ll help you as you choose the perfect science project, wade through the odd vocabulary, deal with the scientific method, and design an award winning science board.

And the great thing is that you’ll find out that your science project really can be done by your child, with you as a teacher and a guide.

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