Some of the biggest decisions students face when contemplating college are what school to attend and how to pay tuition -- but what about the admissions requirements? All colleges and universities have their own process for admitting new students, and one aspect of this is high school education, particularly in the area of core classes. According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the majority of the classes you choose in high school prepare you for admission and success in college.
"Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people," said Adrian Mitchell, poet and author. Many seventh graders feel exactly that way about poetry: it is not for them. However, poetry can be perfectly accessible to seventh graders. In fact, poems are necessary to teach specific literary elements. Choose poems that don't "ignore" seventh-grade students so that they can learn to enjoy poetry.
If you've got fair skin, there are a number of different things you can do to get that tone a little more in line with your own preferences. Get new makeup ideas for fair skin with help from a celebrity makeup artist in this free video clip.
The magic and wonder found in classic fairy tales have been capturing the imagination of old and young alike for centuries. In elementary schools, the traditional stories that engage early grades during story time can also inspire creativity in older students when incorporated into projects in a variety of subjects.
Theoretical physics science projects are a great way to show of your command of a particular topic. Learn about theoretical physics science projects with help from a research scientist and one of the world's leading experts on star formation in this free video clip.
Open Education Resources, or OER, is an online resource that consists of free teaching and learning materials for educators and students. The resources on the OER website define decomposition as the process of natural breakdown of dead plants and animals by bacteria and fungi. The decomposed plants and animals mix into the soil and form nutrients that promote the growth of new life. Decomposition, therefore, is an important step in the cycle of life on earth. The OER decomposition section describes several experiments to help students explore this concept.
Finding the volume of a sphere is easy, so long as you've got the right equation by your side. Find the volume of a sphere for 7th grade with help from an experienced math teacher in this free video clip.
Though some science projects can be quite elaborate and intensive, a simple project for elementary school students involves explaining the science behind magnetic repulsion. This type of project does not require the time involved for creating a series of experiments based on a hypothesis; it can be completed over a weekend if necessary. Science projects for what makes magnets repel require both visual tools to explain magnetism and simple experiments to demonstrate basic principles.
Jell-O gelatin comes in powder or solid form, and is typically used to create desserts, such as fruit molds, no-bake pies, flavored punch and whipped parfaits. The powder form can also be used to create glow-in-the-dark science projects that use additional elements, such as quinine in tonic water or phosphors in petroleum jelly, which are best revealed when placed under a black light.
A science fair project based on rocks and soil allows students to apply scientific principles studied in class. Relevant experiments could relate to mineralogy, geology, agriculture or physical science. For instance, rocks break down through erosion and friction, enriching the soil and providing minerals. Soil quality then determines how effectively farmers grow crops. Both of these concepts can be applied to a successful science fair project.
Helium and sulfur hexafluoride have properties that make the gases act as opposites. Helium is lighter than air, whereas sulfur hexafluoride is heavier. Experiments using these gases make interesting studies of gas density, gas interaction with sound and gas weight. One experiment uses the party trick involving a balloon filled with helium.
To learn about the movement of molecules -- atoms that have bonded by sharing electrons -- perform a hands-on experiment that involves different temperatures of water and several dark hues of food coloring. This science project demonstrates the relationship between temperature and the speed of molecules in motion.
Ionized water, often called mineral water, is closer to natural water than deionized water or other types of water that contain certain chemicals, such as chlorine. Ionized water contains many dissolved minerals that are beneficial to health and well-being, though claims that ionized water can treat or prevent disease are not supported with credible research. Water is made from one oxygen atom and two hydrogen atoms, but when a hydrogen atom splits from the molecule, it is called an ion. Because ionized water has a higher concentration of hydrogen atoms, it can be used for interesting and educational science experiments…
Triops are prehistoric shrimp-like creatures. They make a great study for science fair projects because the triops hatch and grow very quickly. The triops life cycle is about 70 days long, so studying them is feasible for a science fair project, depending on the topic of study. Lifespan experiments will need to start a few months prior to the science fair, of course. There are several ways to study the triops and several great opportunities along the creature's life cycle. Out of those studies come great science fair projects for any age group.
Electricity is conducted through a number of different types of media by charge carriers such as electrons, holes or ions that transport the electric charge in a current. There are a number of different types of materials that are excellent conductors of electricity and they include copper wire, mercury, other metals, salt water and ions in tap water. To determine the mobility of these carriers in ice, you can conduct an experiment that compares what freeze levels of ice conducts enough electricity to power a light bulb, and see how the different levels of ice act as insulators, poor conductors…
The vibrant, life-like image on your high-definition projection TV may not be as impressive when covered in discolored spots. Several models of Panasonic projection TVs have experienced issues with this problem. Other potential causes of colored spots on your projection TV may be related to the display settings of your set and the signal from your cable or satellite provider.
The color of food is integral to how humans experience it. People are drawn to certain foods because of how they taste or smell and are also drawn to foods because of their color. Humans also use food-color associations to help determine if foods are safe to eat, and associate certain colors with certain flavors. A popular science fair experiment using different-colored drinks explores commonly held notions about food colors, and how they influence people's perception of how different-colored foods should taste.
The term "detergent" refers to a large group of water-soluble cleaning substances, including hand soap, laundry soap and bath soap. These substances are used to remove dirt and bacteria from dishes, clothes and our own bodies, but they are poisonous when consumed. There is no safe method to test the effect of detergents in the growth of humans or animals, but you can do it using other living organisms: plants.
Science fair projects can be a drag for some students. Incorporate something that they're interested in, such as sports, to make the project less of a chore and more interesting. A soccer ball can become a part of science project through studying the way that it bounces on different surfaces, air pressure experiments, velocity and trajectory.
For eighth-grade students, friendly but competitive games and activities may be the key to understand the concept of tessellations. A tessellation is a series of repeated shapes that fit together without any gaps or overlapping, that can extend indefinitely over a surface. Teaching eighth graders about tessellations shows them how artists use geometry to create art. Choose tessellation games and activities that are challenging for the students, but that also get their creative juices flowing and hold their interest.
A rainforest science fair project gives children the opportunity to learn about the link between rainforests and the greenhouse effect. Rainforests account for about 7 percent of the Earth's surface. About half of the world's plant species exist in the rainforests, and those plants help clean the air by absorbing carbon dioxide. The gases in the Earth's atmosphere such as carbon dioxide trap heat from the sun just as the glass of a greenhouse traps heat inside. People are emitting these greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, causing more trapped heat. A rainforest terrarium simulates this greenhouse effect.
Studying Indians, or Native Americans, in the eighth grade will require a significant amount of research, and you must determine what type of Indians you would like to study. Taking good notes and conducting research with attention to detail will help you move past the passive role of just reading, and it will help develop a good working knowledge of Indians, their customs and their history.
Deciduous forests contain shrubs and trees such as oaks, maples, chestnut, walnut and sycamores that shed their leaves during the winter months. Deciduous forests are found across the world, including eastern North America, Australia and northeast Asia. Replicate a deciduous forest for a school science project by making a diorama. A diorama is a three-dimensional model created with a shoe box. Make a diorama using natural materials found outside and items found in craft stores.
Getting students both engaged and entertained in classroom-based projects is one method of teaching lessons and concepts. Tenth grade mathematics involves more advanced concepts of algebra, geometry and finance. To get students participating in projects, using likeable subjects matter is one way to make the experience more rewarding for all involved. Creating lessons and then backing up the theoretical concepts with hands-on learning can illustrate the ideas, principles and theories being taught.
If your child has an interest in gardening, he may enjoy becoming involved in a science project that examines the moisture content of soil. When designing the project, ask your child's teacher for project guidelines and make sure the project falls within the specifications. Take pictures of each step of the project to document the process. Ensure that your child can clearly articulate the process and findings of the project before the judging process begins.
Roofing projects are more dependent on weather conditions than most construction labor. The roof is constantly exposed to the elements, and even with plastic tarps and other protective measures, the weather plays a major role in the type of roofing selected, how the roofing is installed and the installation schedule itself. If you are planning a roofing project in hot weather, there are several key factors you need to keep in mind.
Incorporate science projects into your classroom that illustrate the process of biodegradation, the time and manner in which items decompose due to natural agents. The classroom objectives are to teach students about common items such as paper and plastic and their impact on the environment. Effective science projects should include opportunities to learn new vocabulary, witness the biodegradation process and expand on how this new knowledge impacts students' community.
Science fair projects allow students to experiment in various fields of science including physics, also known as natural philosophy. Physics aficionados may gravitate toward projects that involve energy, matter and the interaction between these two. Depending on the available time and materials, students can opt for modern-extension physics projects involving nuclear or particle physics. However, old-school projects are equally popular. Lemons and potatoes are inexpensive and easily available items that can be part of a science fair project.
A stator and rotor work together to create an electrical charge. Larger examples include automobile generators and power plant generators. The rotor spins inside of the stator to create electrical current, which is then passed through wires in the form of electricity. Smaller stators and rotors can be used for third grade science projects. Not only are they scientifically interesting, they are fun and easy to build.
Zebra mussels are inoffensive creatures, to all appearances. These freshwater shellfish are both tiny and attractively patterned, with bands of light and dark stripes decorating shells the size of a fingernail. Unfortunately, zebra mussels are also a dangerously invasive species. While this makes them a problem in waters across the continent, it also makes them a fascinating subject for a science fair project.
Third graders have active, inquiring minds, making this a good age to introduce basic scientific concepts. One of the fundamental principles they can master at this stage in their education is density, the property that tells how heavy matter is for a given volume. Verbal explanations may not hold a child's interest, but a simple illustration such as the floating egg can make the same material entertaining.
Creating a science fair project that is based on chlorine and pH level testing will usually address issues pertaining to water quality and purity. Your science fair project can range from testing the chlorine and pH levels of your pool to testing the quality of the water that comes directly from your tap. Chlorine is a natural gas. As a result, it does not have a pH level until it is dissolved in water.
Nail polish is used for making your fingernails and toenails more attractive and pleasing to the eyes. While some of the chemicals in most nail polish brands are toxic, such as the plasticiser dibutyl phthalate and the solvent toluene, you can still show, through a series of science and chemistry experiments, what the solution does when mixed with other nail polishes, and how it reacts to water and other materials. You can also demonstrate how others can make their own natural nail polish.
Fake food -- also called artificial food, display food or prop food -- is commonly used on movie sets as props, in restaurants for food displays, by food photographers and by practical jokers. The production of fake food makes an interesting science project, especially for students who participate in theater arts. Students can learn what materials are used to make realistic artificial food and brainstorm different ways to fool the eyes. One of the easiest fake food science projects to do in the classroom is simulating a raw egg.
When your child enters a fifth grade science fair, she will have a much more enjoyable experience by creating a model that she can successfully build using materials that are safe and functional. This allows your child to focus on the design and experiment, rather than trying to get the rafting materials to work properly during the science model construction process. All of the materials needed to make an outstanding model for a science fair project can be purchased from any arts and crafts supply store.
The glow-in-the-dark penny experiment is a chemistry demonstration where the copper of a heated penny decomposes a measure of acetone. This reaction keeps the penny glowing for an extended period of time. This is a popular experiment in high school and college chemistry classes and is also simple to set up at home as long as appropriate safety measures have been taken.
Volcanoes can be very fascinating for middle school students. When seventh graders are assigned projects demonstrating the force of the volcano and the roles the layers of the volcano plays, the students can perform a variety of experiments and projects that will encourage learning and participation in volcanic studies.
Some of the most interesting science fair projects will use items that many school-aged kids are familiar with. Carbonated beverages are often used in science fair projects because they’re consumed by adolescents and hold the interest for this age group. Plus, a student of any age can build an interesting science fair project that measures the affect of carbonated beverages on pennies. Not to mention that gathering the tools for this type of project is simple and inexpensive.
Chromatography is a technique used by biochemists to separate chemical mixtures. With some minor adjustments, the technique can be applied to help separate the various pigments in the black ink of a water-based marker. A coffee filter, glass of water and a black marker is all you need to teach your classmates the basics of chromatography.
By the time a student reaches the 10th grade there are a few things he or she should be aware of. Find out what a 10th grade math student should know with help from a longtime mathematics educator in this free video clip.
Science instruction becomes a more prominent part of the curriculum in third grade. Students develop an understanding of the scientific process and begin to conduct more complex investigations. Third grade physical science typically contains a unit that covers sources of energy. Science fairs provide an opportunity for students to apply what they have learned about energy by conducting their own experiments and presenting their findings.
Fruits and vegetables can’t produce electricity, but they do have a liquid content that will connect enough electricity to complete a circuit. The efficacy of the conduction depends on a few different factors and makes for a variety of science fair projects for junior high and high schoolers.
The backboard acts as a visual story board helping to bring your science fair projects to life. Science fair projects involving butterflies can be displayed many different ways. Some students choose to use glass or plastic boxes to display several different butterflies. However, you can use limitless creativity when displaying your butterfly science project on a backboard.
Science fair projects give students the opportunity to learn more about a scientific topic by doing their own research while applying basic principles of the scientific method. You don't need expensive or complex equipment to set up a a project; a good project can be based on something as simple as rotting potatoes.
Few members of the natural kingdom work as hard as earthworms. Existing in a wide range of soil types, earthworms are easily available, cheap to purchase and provide excellent teaching opportunities. Fourth-grade students will learn about biology, ecosystems, composting and empathy for all creatures by working on an earthworm science fair project.
Making a skeleton for a 7th grade class project can be done with the most basic of materials: paper plates, twine or paper clips and some imagination. This skeleton design is an inexpensive project, and you can make it as silly or scary as you want. Use real anatomy books for reference on how to draw the eye sockets in the face and remember to make the legs longer than the arms by adding an extra bone when you assemble the limbs.
Science can be a difficult subject for some young students to grasp, especially when it comes to explaining atoms. Creating enjoyable, in-class experiments brings the topics to life, allowing visual learners to comprehend complex ideas. Using simple table spices and an inflated balloon, static electricity demonstrates the relationship between negative and positive charges.
When you speak, sound waves come out of your mouth and travel in all directions. This means that only some of the waves go in the direction you want them to -- toward the person you're talking to, for example. If you talk into the narrow end of a cone, the sides of the cone trap the sound waves and stop them from dispersing outwards. All the sound is forced to travel through the open end of the cone, which makes the sound seem louder. Try using cones of different materials to determine which material amplifies sound the best.
Deciding on which science fair project to do can mean the difference between a first-place ribbon and not placing. Experiments with bulletproof glass can inspire students to do a range of projects that are easily testable. Exposing children to science helps introduce them to established scientific laws and principals. When students experiment with projectiles of any kind, an adult should supervise the process, especially if the student will be dealing with glass sheets.
Sulfuric acid was discovered by Islamic alchemist Ibn Zakariya al-Razi in the 800s. The chemical, also known as battery acid, is commonly used to clean metals and manufacture other chemicals and can be found in most automotive and home supply stores. For science fair projects, sulfuric acid is useful when testing pH, conducting electricity and more, but because it's toxic, it should always be handled with caution and care.