Easy Science Projects

easy science projects
"The Yeast Beast" is an easy science project about how yeast eats - and has enough gas to blow up a balloon!!

It’s Friday night, and you’ve been putting it off for a month. But on Monday, your child’s science project is due. And you haven’t even started. You need an easy science project that can be done quickly, but it has to be good…

It’s not an easy thing to find! Science projects that are easy often don’t meet the requirements of the teacher or the science fair. And projects that are fast often aren’t enough to teach your child anything. We know. With four boys, our family has waited until the last minute to do a science project more than once. But the good news is that there really are good science experiments that can be done quickly and easily.

Here are some hints to finding a quality, but easy science project:

~Find out exactly what type of science project your child needs. Some teachers want a demonstration science project that the child can present to the class. Some teachers want a science report. Occasionally, scientific models or nature collections will be allowed. Most teachers, however, want an experiment based science project that follows the scientific method.

~Ask your child for several ideas. He or she will be the scientist, after all!

~Do an internet or library search for “science projects on…” You may find exactly what you need this way.

~Make a list of possible projects. Go ahead and discard projects that are on advanced chemistry.

~Take a look at the ingredients and equipment. If there are items not readily available or are wickedly expensive, you’ll know that project isn’t for you. There are plenty of experiments that can be done with things in the home, or at the supermarket.

~Find out how long the science experiment or project takes. If it takes more than two or three days, you probably want to reconsider. The ideal easy science project will not take more than a few hours, in case something goes wrong and you have to repeat. And unfortunately, this does happen.

Although an easy science project isn’t always easy to find, you and your child can work together to find a project that is easy to do, but also educational and fun. Take a look at our Easy Science Project Guides, science projects that are fun, easy, affordable, and teacher pleasing!

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Bread Mold Science Projects

Occasionally, we feature projects by other individuals. Here are some science project ideas on bread mold. Use them as a springboard for your science fair entry! But don’t forget to check out our project guides at 24 Hour Science Projects!

Bread Mold Science Fair Projects Ideas by Doug Nicholson

If you’re looking for an interesting science fair project, then you may want to read more about bread mold science fair projects that you can do. They are easy and inexpensive to do but also allow you to follow all the steps of the scientific method.

It helps to first understand a little about mold. Mold is another word for fungi whose bodies gather and congeal together to form cottony vegetative bodies. Not all mold is cottony, however. Types of slimy mold are more like amoeba than their cottony cousins and leave a moister, slicker mass on the molded surface. However when it comes to bread, you will most always see the drier, threadlike mold.

Mold commonly grows on bread faster in warm, dark, moist conditions. However, mold can grow in light, and some molds can even grow on frozen foods. Molds grow in varying conditions, at varying speeds, in every color you can think of.

Not just a disgusting addition to old food, mold can be beneficial in many ways. One of the most common ways mold is used positively is to make antibiotics such as penicillin. In 1928, Alexander Fleming accidentally discovered penicillin when he found mold growing on a discarded petri dish. The mold itself was not the miracle. Fleming discovered that the mold that had grown had killed the Staphylococcus aureus that he’d been growing in that particular petri dish. The rest is history!

Now that you know a little more about bread mold, you can use the ideas below to help you find potential bread mold science fair projects.

Does sodium have an effect on the growth of bread mold?

How and why does mold form on bread?

Is bread mold harmful to the human body if consumed? Why?

What are the optimal conditions for growing bread mold? Why?

Does light have an effect on the growth of bread mold? If so, what kind?

Do certain types of breads mold faster than others?

How to grow bread mold…

Take a cotton swab and collect some dust. Wipe the dust over the bread slices you want to experiment with. Place them in a bag with a few drops of water and seal the bag so the slices don’t dry out.

Now you know a little more about bread mold and the types of experiments you can do. You may have an idea of what you’d like to try as a project. Simply by asking questions about things that interest you, you can come up with great bread mold science fair projects that can be fun to do!

Doug Nicholson is a nuclear engineering technician, science hobbyist, and amateur inventor. Visit his site http://www.science-projects-resources.com for lots more science fair projects ideas and articles.
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Science Project Ideas

science project ideaScience project ideas aren’t easy to come up with. Here are some hints to help you choose the best science project for your child:

1. Check the science guidelines. What kind of project does your science fair require? There are five kinds of science projects: investigative (experimental), demonstration, research papers or reports, models, and collections. (For more information on all the types of science projects, get a FREE Parent’s Guide to a Science Project at www.24hourscienceprojects.com).

Are there restrictions on projects? Is there a ‘money spend’ limit? Can you use animals or food in the experiment or in the display? Does your child have to demonstrate the project for a judge?

fifth grade science project2. After you know all the particulars for your science fair, make a list or projects ideas that meet the requirements. Try to get projects with a variety of science topics. You may want to do this before your child gets involved, so you won’t have to say “No – not suitable” so many times.

3. Look through your list of science project ideas, and eliminate the ones that look too complicated or hard to do. Remember, your child is supposed to do the project with your assistance only.

Check the list of supplies. Are they readily available? Are they affordable?

Do you have enough time to complete the project? If the science project is due next week, you don’t have time to study the long term effect of anything.

Make sure the science you you are learning about is on your child’s level. Your child should be able to have a basic idea of the underlying scientific principles. Science projects for elementary school students probably shouldn’t involve advanced biology.

4. Finally, let your child choose the science project idea that he or she likes the best.

And have fun with your new science project idea!


P.S. Find out how to get a FREE Parent’s Guide to a Science Project at www.24hourscienceprojects.com.

Vitamin C – Using an Indicator

When you mix Iodine and Vitamin C (the scienctific name is ascorbic acid), something interesting happens; the solution turns blue for a bit, then returns to the color of the juice. Keep adding the iodine, however, and the mixture will turn a very inky dark blue color. Why is this? Here’s a kid friendly explanation!

Iodine and vitamin C like each other, and when they are put in the same container, they will combine. When you are adding the iodine to the juice and the starch mixture, as long as there is still vitamin C that has not been combined with the iodine, the color will stay the color of the juice, but after you reach the equivalence point- when you have added as much iodine as there is vitamin C – then the iodine starts combining with the cornstarch. When iodine combines with cornstarch it turns blue.

And if you’re doing our award winning experiment Vitamin “C”itrus, here’s a hint: the more iodine it takes, the more vitamin C there is.



Ideas for Human Behavior Science Projects

Human Behavior Science Projects explore the fascinating ways that human being behave. There are so many things to discover, that the hardest part may be simply choosing a topic. Here’s a list of ideas to get you started.
1. Determine the soothing effect of music by taking the pulse before and after a five minute session.
2. Find out if two ears or one are better at localizing a sound by hiding an object, and timing how long individuals take to find it. (Get a complete project guide for this project at Online Science Projects.)
3. See if wearing glasses helps or hurts sales by counting profit.
4. Find out if yawning is contagious behavior by watching a group of children before and after the group leader yawns.
5. Do younger children like their teachers more than older students? Rate the popularity of teachers that teach multiple ages of kids.
6. Measure the time it takes for children to learn a poem set to music or not set to music.
7. Find out if the scent of lemon helps attention by calculating test scores of people who have or have not sniffed a lemon.
8. See if more people are visual learners or auditory learners by having humans memorize a telephone number that they see or that they hear.
Of course, any study of human behavior will show that students like to come up with new and unique ideas. So put on your thinking cap and come up with your own project! If you need help, check out our free parent guide called “If It’s My Child’s Project, Why am I Doing all the Work?” For finding places to gather your experiment participants, see yesterday’s blog. And let us know what you come up with by emailing scienceideas AT 24hourscienceprojects.com. We’d love to hear what you chose to do for your human behavior science project.