Rocks and Minerals Projects For Kids In Middle School

All Middle schools make their kids to a rocks and minerals unit, by then they call it geology.  They do everything from looking at the rock types to movement of the earths plates to solid testing and how mountains and volcanoes are formed. When it comes to science fair, the kids will be looking for a good fun rocks and mineral project for kids, but they will have to do research and  write up reports.

Here is a quick an easy rocks and minerals project for kids that  can then easily turn into an  all inclusive science fair proje1009155463_8c71d50474_oct ideas for middle school.

Test for hardness of different types of rocks.
First you would have to collect sample of rocks or anything made from rocks.  The way you test for hardness is by how easy or hard it is to make a scratch on the surface of the rock.  If you can do it with  your fingernail  it the first level of hardness,  The next level up let you scratch it with a penny. Other harder rocks need a knife and the hardest rocks can only be scratched using glass. The purest can’t be scratched by any of these methods.

You can see how easy it would be to set up a project.  You gather the materials,  your fingernail, a penny, a knife and a pieces of glass.  Then you line up a bunch of rocks and  first try  your finger nail and separate out all the rocks that show a scratch.  Then with the penny, ( they should scratch all the ones you set out, you can check) then  try to scratch the rest, separate out the ones that work.  Do the same for the knife and the glass, an you should have categorized your rocks by hardness.

Follow it up with research on characteristics of each type and you can put names to each category (igneous, sedimentary etc) and  see if you can discover exactly what type of rock it is, (sandstone, granite).

Rocks and minerals projects for kids lend them to a cross over event for middle school students by making a collection different types, doing an investigation experiment,  adding in some research and for fun do a demonstration. It is like  four types of science fair projects in one. You will find this a lot when choosing science fair ideas for middle school kids, you need a combo event.

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It’s LIVE!

We’re happy to report that Middle School Science Projects are now live! As you know, we’ve been working like – well – mad scientists at our house, and we can’t wait for you to choose your favorite project and start experimenting!soil science project

Here are the five projects in the Middle School Science Project package:

• Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow – Experiment to find the effect different hair products has on hair. You can test different conditioners or different ways to color hair. Most of the supplies for this project are as close your bathroom – and the head on your head!

• “C” You Later – This project teaches you how to make an indicator, and then use it to see if the amount of Vitamin C in juice diminishes over time. There are a ton of variations for this science project, and we tell you about them in the guide. This project has already won awards at science fairs.

• Yeast – Rising to the Occasion – Find out what makes yeast grow the best. Sugar, wheat, or maybe dog food!? This easy experiment always is amazing to do – and sharing it makes it even more fun. Hint: It would make a wonderful video to go along with your science board.

• Cheap Heats – You’ll get plans on how to make a solar heater from inexpensive or free products. We actually made one version of this project for zero dollars – scavenging in our attic and recycling bin for supplies! It was loads of fun to do, and we were warmed by the results.

• The Dirt on Dirt – Dig up some soil from your yard, analyze it, then test its water carrying capacity. We loved doing this earth science project! To do it, you only need dirt, water, nylon stockings, one tin can and some jars. We learned a ton doing the research for this project – and you will too!

But you shouldn’t take our word for it. Grab your copy of Middle School Science Projects today and get started on your next science experiment.

Kayla Fay

PS You can also find out how to get five MORE science project guides – a bargain if there ever was one.

Earth Science Projects – Under My Fingernails

earth science projectsI was sitting in church last night, glanced down at my hands, and discovered I had DIRT under my fingernails. I looked like I was an earth science project. But in reality, I’m only doing a science project about earth science.

We’ve got a new project, and it involves dirt. Or, to be more scientifically accurate, it involves soil. Whichever, it is about the earth, any way you slice it.

This project idea was given to me over a plate of good old fashioned North Carolina bar-b-que. We were having dinner with two scientist friends of ours, and the subject naturally gravitated to the new middle school science projects we’re doing. They had the wonderful idea of doing, and a quote, “an ag project”. Ag of course, means ‘agricultural’; both friends work in agricultural chemistry.

I then had to admit about how my science project about plants had not gone well. So they came up with the idea to do a project about the soil texture analysis. What a cool subject – one that is literally an earth science project! I had never heard of soil texture analysis, but am now immersed into it.

In fact, I’m so immersed that it’s under my fingernails…

Kayla Fay

PS Stay tuned. The Middle School Science Project guides are two days from being completed! If you absolutely cannot wait for an earth science project, grab one of these Science Projects!