Archives for September 2011

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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