Science Fair Projects

Heat, did you ever think it would make a good science fair project?  Surprise, there are several different experiments that you can do involving heat. 

Do different colors absorb heat at different rates?  I am sure many of you have heard the saying, “Wear light colors in the heat”, why not test it to find out for sure.  Do different materials retain heat at the same rate?  You cold test this by using straw, sand, paper, and cloth.  How do different materials react to heat, is rubber different from plastic?

Along with heat comes the sun, which also lends itself to many experiments.  Testing the effectiveness of sunscreen is a great project.  You could also test the effectiveness of different strengths of sunscreen, with different brands. 

Evaporation rates also fall into the heat category.  You could experiment with the evaporation rates of different substances, and try to find things that help slow the evaporation rate.

Although heat may be fascinating, be sure to use caution when performing an experiment that involves heat, flames, or the sun.  You should take the proper precautionary measures to make sure that everyone remains safe. 

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Middle School Science Fair Projects

I am sure all of the parents out there can remember the big science fair from middle school.  Well, children today have the same privilege of participating in the ever famous science fair.  The question for parents is what project should your child do?

There are several projects that are well suited for a middle school science fair, and the good news is that they can be interesting and fun.  The first step is to sit down with your child and make a list of projects and ideas that they find interesting.  From the list decide which ones are the appropriate grade level.  Next begins the research, which is not as daunting as it may seem.  Below are a few examples of science fair projects that work well for middle school students.

If you have a child who does not like to get dirty, use that to your advantage when deciding on a project.  You could study the effects of different soaps and antibacterial hand sanitizers on bacteria.  You could also compare the effectiveness of different disinfectants against bacteria.  Studying the effects of antibiotics on bacteria is also an option, experiment to see if they become immune if they are exposed repeatedly.

For a child who doesn’t mind a little dirt you could always go with a nature experiment.  Set up an experiment to find out the effects of different PH levels on plants.  You could also study the effects of water and sun on plants.  For a really neat experiment you could set up an experiment to find the effects of gravity on plant seedlings.

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Middle School Science Projects

If you are on the search for a middle school science project you are probably want an experiment that is a little more challenging than baking soda volcano. Parents, you can calm your fears, because there are plenty of options out there that will please your child as well as their science teacher.

Music is not only entertaining, but it is interesting and educational.  If you have a music lover, you may want to consider something like “music vs. noise”.  Many children love music, which makes this an interesting experiment for them.  However, you should take care to actually base your experiment on facts rather than opinions.

Eggs are also a fun topic, and there are countless projects related to eggs.  Some of which include; sinking eggs, egg in a bottle, floating eggs, egg spinning, the egg drop, and the process of eggs turning into chicks. Other than being fun for students, eggs are relatively low in cost, so if you need to start over, it will not be as disheartening.

Weather is also an interesting category.  You can choose from things like tornadoes, hurricanes, thunder, lightening, rain, hail, and fog.  Learning how a tornado forms, or what makes thunder so loud is fascinating.  Discovering the effects that weather has on the environment is a great project idea.            

These are only a few of the middle school science projects available.  There are several resources available to help you find the best project for your child.

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