The difference between
everyday homework .... and a science fair project idea? Once you've completed it, you'll have the satisfaction of having created a real science experiment!
The trick to really impressing science fair judges, say education experts, is a mix of creativity, research, and science.
For instance, you may pick an experiment that illustrates a topic from current news headlines (climate change, alternative energy sources, etc) so you can "wow" judges with your ability to solve real world problems. Otherwise, you can opt for a classic experiment, but one backed up by lots of research to show you really know your stuff!
Let it roll! - Simply rolling a toy car down a ramp can illustrate
the science of mass, gravity,
time and distance, speed
Of course, you'll also want to keep your audience's interest by picking a topic that interests YOU.
(If you're still stumped for ideas, surf over to Science Buddie for a neat interactive tool that will help you pick a science fair project based on your interests.)
Meanwhile, keep in mind what a science fair project is NOT. Some students think that their rock collection or dinosaur drawings may make the grade, but this assignment calls for a little more razzle dazzle - don't tell 'em, show 'em!
Finally, also make sure your science experiment is humane and doesn't hurt or scare animals or people (including you) and you're ready to start creating a fun, interesting science project demonstration.
Have fun, and good luck!
Just up ahead, learn more about how to build your science fair project quickly and easily with tips on chooing your topic, collecting your research, writing a report, giving an oral presentation, and creating a very impressive
science project display.
Science Fair Primer - What are science projects all about? With more questions answered about its purpose, how to choose a subject, guides to research and data gathering, and presenting an exhibit and oral report. Science Buddies - Science Fair Project Ideas - Check out tons of ideas featuring instructions & materials list by topic including math & computer science, electricity and mechanics, plant biology, and lots more.