We specialize in creating real, fun science, and a lot of our activities are the perfect base for all sorts of science fair projects. Too often we think of science fair projects as the dull assignment that will keep us up far too late gluing paper onto cardboard.
But science fair projects don’t have to be boring. They can be so fun that you will find yourself pulling your kids away from their experiments instead of trying to nag them to start.
What makes the best science fair projects?
Interest. Passion. Questions. And elbow grease.
There is no one particular topic that makes the best science fair project. There is no one best way to display. What will come across, however, in every project, is a students interest in the material. That is why picking your science fair project is so important.
Below are some activities that we have created that can serve as a great base for our next school assignment. But here are a few guidelines to keep in mind when choosing the right one for you:
Choose something you are genuinely interested in. Science comes in all shapes and forms. From studying animal habitats to building lasers. From learning about Earth’s geology to color changing chemistry.
Choose an open-ended question. For example, if you wanted to study the diet of birds, you could pose the question “What are primary food sources for birds?” instead of “How many worms does a bird eat each day?” The first question can include the second, but can expand and push the scientist to look further into what is happening – why do birds eat more than one type of food? Why do some birds scavenge?. The second question basically asks the researcher to sit outside and make a bar chart.
Think about your timeframe. Some of the science fair projects below can be done in a day or two, others might be a much longer endeavor. When thinking about what you want to investigate, remember to think about our timeframe to make sure there aren’t tears on the last night.
Take photos. I can’t stress this enough. When it is time to put together your board, you will want photos, and you won’t want to have to recreate everything just to get them. Take too many photos, then you have a choice when making your board.
Take a look at the variety of science fair projects we have below, along with articles that will help you plan, coordinate, and execute a great science fair project and board with fewer tears!