Science Fair

#1 Rule in Choosing a Question/Problem...

  • You must LOVE the question/problem! 
  • Are you excited about the topic?  Do you want to immediately do the investigation?  These are good indications that you have found your science fair project!
  • Choose an investigation from the suggestions, "tweak" an investigation to make it more to your liking, or create an original investigation - ALL of these are acceptable!

What are your areas of interest in science? If unsure, you can take a survey using the Science Buddies web link.

NOTE:  Science Buddies is a GREAT resource; however, the projects that have been completed and posted on their website are NOT allowed.  Looking over the project list can be helpful; ideas might be generated.  Consider changing the variable that is being tested to create an original variation of the question.  The projects marked with an asterisk (*) are allowed.

Reading abstracts from past projects can also be helpful in generating ideas.  How can you take the idea and create an original question that you love? 

Finding a current event original question takes some research.   Once you know your area of interest, start reading current news related to your area of interest.  Can you develop a question around a current event?

Science fair questions can also be as simple as a problem you have noticed in your everyday life.  Is mom or dad complaining about something?  Can a better solution be found to solve a problem? 

  • For instance, landscaping materials are used to create beautiful pond features.  The rock is deteriorating.  Why did the landscaper use this rock?  Should another rock have been used?
  • What are the current ways the land is rehabilitated after a forest fire?  What other "green" ideas could be used to help the ecosystem recover?
  • The insurance company states that hail can NEVER chip a windshield.  Really? 
  • Water runoff contains contaminants that get into our water system.  Would adding plants to the rock water run off area reduce the amount of contaminants that make it to the water shed?

Engineering Projects - Like to build, tinker, invent... then the perfect project for you is an engineering project.  What invention can you improve upon?  What can you build to help solve a real-world problem?  Prototypes (minimum of 2) must be built and tested based on set criteria in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the prototype.