What is science fair and what does it really entail? Many young children, and some older ones as well, may have seen science fair shows on television and thought to themselves that they want to do a science experiment like those that were shown. Of course, not all of us have the time or money to actually go out and do experiments in school, so this is where the idea of making your own science fair experiment comes into play. Now, there are many ways to do a great science fair project, but here are a few that I think are the most fun:
The Physical Model: This is probably the easiest science project to do. All you need to do is take
a bunch of common household items and create a working version of a physical phenomenon. For instance, if you are making a gas bubble, all you have to do is take some plain water and fill it up with some helium. If you are making a tornado, you will need a funnel, paper, rags, and tweezers.
Botany: This is another very popular science fair project that young children love to do. All you have to do is look around your house and see the different types of plants and trees that you have on your property. Then, form a hypothesis based on the fact that you notice a certain type of plant or tree on your property, and then draw a plan for a future project. This is a great project that young children love to do, and it’s easy to do too!
Chemistry: This is the basis for all science projects, and it can really help students learn about how different elements interact with one another. To create a chemistry project, all you have to do is pick up a chemistry book and turn to page after page, explaining each chemistry ingredient and what it does to your experiment. Some students like to add a chemical solvent to their experiment as well. This is a great way for young students to learn about how various chemicals and combinations combine to make different kinds of products.
Microbiology: This is a great project for middle school and high school students who want to do some independent research on a topic they are very interested in. You can find many free guides online to help you get started with your research project. Look over some examples of projects already done by different students that interest in the same topic, and then follow their lead. Some middle school students may even be able to help you by doing a little bit of work for you in the science fair!
These are just a few of the many fun science projects that can be completed to show your child that you care about the topic that you are teaching them about. There are many ways to learn about the subject matter, and you might even be surprised at how easy you can go from being a novice student to a seasoned scientist. It really all depends on how much time and effort you are willing to put into your project, and what grade you are working in. Good luck on your search for the perfect project!