Science Fair Project Ideas

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When choosing a science fair project, it's important to choose a project that can be followed through with and that is of personal interest. Discover ideas for science fair projects that are age-appropriate with help from a science teacher in this free video on science classes and education.

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Sometimes it's the last thing that a parent want to hear. The child comes home from school and says, mom, dad, guess what, it's time for the annual science fair project. I'm Janice Creneti and this is how to for science fair project ideas. Science projects initially can be a little daunting. But here's a couple of things to keep in mind while you are helping your child or helping your students. Select good science fair project ideas. First of all it's important to realize that science is about the process. Science is about discovering information, testing it out, looking at the data that you get and drawing conclusions from that. So any science fair project idea that you want to choose, you want to make sure that you can actually follow through the process. Something very easy to start with is plants, and plant seeds. Plants are easy to come by, they are inexpensive and most people can find a sunny window sill and a couple of dixie cups in which to grow and sprout their plants. You can test all different sorts of things on the plants. How do common pollutants like household bleach or salt water effect plant growth. How do using grow lights versus using natural light effect plant growth.Those would be just some simple ideas. You can go on the internet put in science fair project ideas and lots of them will come up. There's even lots of books aimed at various age grades, age ranges, elementary school, middle school, high school. The important thing is encourage your student to find a project that is really interesting for them. Science fair projects are a lot of work, and it would really feel like work if they are trying to pursue something that doesn't really interest them. So gear them towards something that's interesting and something that can have them really get in elbow deep into the process and the study of science. I'm Janice Creneti and this is how to find good science fair projects.


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