Choosing a Science Project for your Seventh Grader

When choosing the right science project for your seventh grader, it can be a challenge if you don’t know where to look. Fortunately, you have several useful tools at your disposal to help you find a grade level science project that will interest your student. 

First, consult with their teacher or science teacher for finding the right science fair project, especially if the science project was assigned through school. By asking for some ideas from the teacher, you’ll be able to clarify all of the project guidelines and requirements, and be able to find a project that is relevant to your student’s course work. 

Secondly, a great place to find good seventh grade science projects would be your local library. At the library you’ll find lots of science project books with helpful project ideas and explanations, all of which are from a reliable source. Additionally, if you need any help finding something suitable for your seventh grader, at a library you can always ask for the help of a librarian to point you in the right direction. 

And finally, the internet is a great way to find seventh grade science projects, but with so much information out there, you have to know where to start. You can do a general search, but it might be wise to be more specific, looking for “7th grade science projects, earth sciences” or “7th grade science projects, physics,” depending on what your student is interested in. You can also find great online guides, often for free, that are loaded with science projects, directions on what materials you’ll need and how to complete them. To get started finding a science project idea, you can try the free project guides at  http://www.middle-school-science-projects.com/guide.pdf

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Middle School Science Projects for Eight Graders

Your eighth grade student comes home with a science fair project packet, what do you do?  Don’t be overwhelmed!  The internet is full of resources that will help you find middle school science projects for every students’ interest, with all the necessary materials and step to get it done.  Now you can help them choose a project that interests them and they can excute it on their own.

Next after finding out what area of science your middle school student is most interested, you can begin searching for a relevant science project with more narrow results. For example, if your child wants to do a chemistry-related project that is appropriate for their age and grade level, you might search for “chemistry science fair projects, 6th grade.” If you can’t easily find a feasible or clear project by just using a search engine, you can also try using a science project guide or inventory online. Some websites like http://www.youth.net/nsrc/sci/sci.index.html or http://www.akronlibrary.org/DBS/SFDB/Default.aspx have searchable databases of science fair projects that you can narrow down by subject matter or grade level. Another good resource to try is the free middle school science project guide at http://www.middle-school-science-projects.com/guide.pdf.

When working on your science experiment, always have fun and be safe!

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When You have Two Kids’ Science Projects – at the Same Time

What do you when you have two kids’ science projects – at the same time? Science Projects for families with more than one child can be an daunting task for parents. Science fairs are generally held at about the same time, so even if kids are in different schools, their projects probably have due dates that are near each other. Here are four ideas to simplify the process.

What do you when more than one of your kids has a science project?! Science Projects for families with more than one child can be an daunting task for parents. Science fairs are generally held at about the same time, so even if kids are in different schools, their projects probably have due dates that are near each other. Here are four ideas to simplify the process.

1. Let kids work together on the same project. They can each do the experiment, and will each have to do a science board or report, but you’ll only have to help find one idea and gather the materials from one list. This is the way to go if your kids are in different schools – like one in middle school and one in elementary school.

2. Use different variables for the same experiment. If you’re comparing amounts of Vitamin C in substances, for example, let one child test various canned fruit juices, and another child test different juices from fresh fruit. The research and procedure is the same, but the experiments are different. Our Middle School Science Projects package has this experiment, making this an easy choice.

3. Recycle projects. Our family has always done projects together, then saved them in the attic. One year one of our boys used the same experiment his brother had done the year before. We redid the experiment, but reused the science board, simply adding the fresh data and photographs.

4. Submit different types of the same project. If your school science fair allows it, one child can submit and experiment based project, and the other submit a demonstration. For example, one child can demonstrate how to take the shell off an egg without boiling, and another can experiment to see if water goes through the membrane.

Science projects are supposed to be wonderful learning experiences for kids – and they can be. Don’t let your family get bogged down in the process. Look for ways to streamline and coordinate, and make science fair time a fun educational time for your kids.

Kayla Fay

PS When both (or ALL!) of your kids science projects are due at the same time, pick up one of our guides. Our middle school science projects are perfect for all the ideas above. Get your middle school science projects here!

 

Free Middle School Science Project Guide

We’re happy to report that we have just created a brand new – and free – science project guide for parents of middle schoolers! You can download your project guide at www.middle-school-science-projects.com/parent-science-guide.pdf.

In the guide, you’ll find information on the five types of science projects. There is also a section on the scientific method. One of the most popular (and needed!) parts of the guide is the definitions section. The final part of the guide give you hints on the presentation, and how to make a great science board.

If you need a science project guide for an elementary student, there is another free one available at 24 Hour Science Projects!

Whatever you need for your science project, we’ll help you find it! We have project guides, links to science kits, and all sorts of free science project guide resources so you can have the best science project ever!

Kayla Fay

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How to Keep a Science Log

A science log – or a research log – is basically a detailed record (like a journal) of what happened during your research and in your experiment. The log is usually written in paragraph form, although there may be charts to record data, and photographs to further document what happened. Here are five things that a science log will do:

It keeps your research together. Most people use a spiral bound notebook and hand write their science experiment log, but you can also type your log or even use a voice recorder and then transcribe your entry. It’s important that the log demonstrate that it was created as you were doing your experiment. Your log won’t be as neat as a science report. One of our “Vitamin Citrus” science logs had orange juice spilled on it – and we used it anyway! science log

It provides a detailed account of your experiment. Depending on the length of your experiment, this could be a daily record, or literally a minute to minute account of what you have done. Suppose your experiment is “Which type of fertilizer is best for growing parsley?” An entry might read, “On day five, we noticed that the plants with organic fertilizer had really started getting taller than the control that was only getting water.” Or…”On day seven, we noticed that the plants fertilized with manure had started to wilt a bit and had yellow tints to the leaves.” You might include measurements on each entry.

If you are doing one of our 24 Hour Science Projects, your log will record changes at much more frequent intervals. Our experiment “Undercover Sneeze” tests how far ‘germs’ spread when the mouth is covered and when it is not. An entry may say, “When we popped the balloon, some of the paper punches hit the cardboard hands and bounced back toward the middle. The other ones spread out toward the edge of the grid.” Your entries should also include any data:

Inside circle – 29
Middle circle – 42
Outside circle – 15

It explains any difficulties you had with your experiment. In the experiment, Egg-sperimenting with Eggs, sometimes the eggs break. (We warn you of this, and recommend that you start with more eggs than you will ultimately use.) If this happens, you record it in your log. “One of the eggs burst while in the vinegar and water solution, and was discarded. Another one broke while we were rubbing the shell. We also discarded this.”

It gives you a place to express your thoughts about your research. You can share ideas on how your research could be improved or expanded. For example, “I wondered how treating hair with home remedies – like mayonaise or raw egg – would change its strength. I may use this for another experiment.” You might also say, “I wasn’t sure how the formula for calculating surface are worked, so I did some research on a math site until I understood what I was doing.” Or you can share improvements you made on the procedure. “Although the experiment directions called for using Scotch tape, we found that duct tape was more effective in holding the track in place.”

When you finish your research, your lab notebook will be the most important place you’ll get information for your science project display. It will have all the details of your studies and your experiments, including data, procedure, and results. Your science log will hold all of your research and discoveries, and will remind you – and your teachers and judges – of what you learned and the hard work you did while working on your science experiment.

Kayla Fay

PS The first step to a science log is having something to ‘log’ about! We have twenty great science projects, ready for you to research, explore and learn! Get your step by step science project guide from Middle School Science Projects

The Unscientific Part of the Scientific Method

Depending on which science book you’re reading, there are either four, or five, or six steps to the scientific method. That doesn’t sound very scientific, does it?! Don’t worry, though. It’s all pretty much the same general idea, so we’ve taken the average, and are giving you five steps:experiment which follows the scientific method

1. Observation – Looking at something in the world. Watching things closely makes you curious about why or when or how something happens. That leads to the next step…

2. Question – Wondering about what you see in the world. The questions that come up during your observations are the second step of the scientific method.

3. Hypothesis – A guess at the answer to the question. An hypothesis is an “educated guess”. You take what you already know about the subject and use it to guess the answer to your question. You could be right. You could be wrong. It doesn’t matter, because you’re going to find out in the next step…

4. Experimentation – Testing your hypothesis. You come up with an experiment to find out the answer to your question. This is the trickiest part of the scientific method, because an experiment has to be designed with controls and variables in place. (Here’s an explanation of the strange vocabulary!)

5. Results – The answer to the question. When the experiment is complete, your question will be answered, and you’ll have your results!

It looks complicated, but it is really a simple process that we use every day to understand and solve problems in the world around us. Like this: Suppose you observe that your DS isn’t working. You’ll ask yourself the question “What’s wrong with my DS?!” Then you’ll come up with a couple of ideas, or hypotheses: “The battery could be dead, the game could be dirty, or maybe the baby dropped it into the toilet.” So you’ll check the battery, take out the game and blow out the dust, then check for signs of dried Cheerios and wet spots. These experiments will hopefully lead you to the result, and you’ll know why your DS wasn’t working.

Kayla Fay

PS All of our Middle School Science Projects follow the scientific method! Grab your copy today HERE and you can be finished with your project by this time tomorrow!

Organizing a Science Fair

If you’ve ever been involved in the organization of a science fair, you know what a hassle it can be. Getting paperwork home to parents is the first hurdle. Getting it back is never easy. But entering registration information into a database is an overwhelming task for someone.

Rajeev Goel learned all of this last year when he volunteered to help put together his daughter’s science fair. A programmer for IBM, he knew that there was a better way. He came up with a web based registration system that eliminated most of the science fair paperwork. After his school used the system successfully, he made it available to any school – including yours at a terrific site called Our Science Fair. And unbelievably, it is FREE.

When you check out Our Science Fair, you’ll also notice some other great advantages. You can customize it to your school site. Parents can upload their science fair pictures. Organizers can send emails to registered students. And you can buy science fair supplies with proceeds going to your school.

Check out all of this and more at Our Science Fair.

Kayla Fay

PS Whether you’re an organizer or a participant in your science fair, you can get a free science project guide for your students – or yourself – at Science Projects!

Hair Do: Our Science Project About Hair

Our house has turned into a laboratory of sorts; we’re getting the new Middle School Science Projects ready to roll. You can see some of the random things we’re using to the right.
kids science experiment mouse
Today we’re working on the science project about hair. In the experiment, we’re measuring the strength of hair after it’s been treated with various types of hair products. To do this, we had to find a way to hang strands of hair. The first attempt was to simply tie a knot. That was NOT easy, and after I tried for fifteen minutes, we ditched the idea. It was too frustrating for me – must less a middle schooler.

So then we thought about tape. First, I used medical tape, because it’s white and you can write on it. (It’s important to label your variables.) But the medical tape didn’t hold the hair; it just slipped out. Regular cellophane tape wasn’t successful either. But finally, we found a great solution. But you’ll have to get the middle school guide to find out!

Designing an experiment often involves experimenting with the experiment. It can take a long time to find out what works and what doesn’t. When you have a due date looming, you don’t have time on your side. But don’t worry. We’ll have all the kinks worked out of the hair project (pun intended!) when it is published. Our goal is to take the guesswork out for your family, so that you’ll have a step by step list for a science project that works!

Kayla Fay

PS Right now we’re kicking around titles for our science project about hair – “Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow”, “Splitting Hairs”, “Hair Conditioning”, and other less catchy attempts. Leave a comment below if you have any ideas!

Six Steps to a Middle School Science Project

choosing a middle school projectKids in middle school think science projects should be fun. Their teachers think they should be educational. Middle school parents just want the projects to be done fast and easy. Since students, teachers and parents are all involved in the process of getting ready for the science fair, most of the time, science projects have to be all of the above!

As a result, finding the perfect science fair project can be difficult. Here are five steps to finding a project that will make everybody happy.

1. Know what kind of science project is required. There are five kinds of projects, and many a student has had their project idea rejected because of a science technicality. Make sure you know if the science teacher requires an experimental (investigatory) project, a demonstration of a science principle, a report on a subject in science, a collection of items, or a scientific model. Most science fairs require an experiment, which has an hypothesis, tests the hypothesis following the scientific method, and arrives at a conclusion.

2. Find out what interests the student. What does your child do in her spare time? Does he ride horses, is she a soccer player? Is music a passion, or do you have a budding engineer on your hands? If a student is already interested in a subject, learning more about it will come naturally.

3. Determine the budget for time – and money. If your science fair is next week, you need to search for a fast and easy science project that can be done without ordering supplies from Outer Botswana. If you can’t afford special chemicals or science equipment, then you’ll need to focus on projects that can use materials easily found in your home.

4. Use all available resources for the science project search. Head to the library and look at the books on science projects. You can also use the internet. Go to your search engine and type “science project on vitamin C” or “science experiment on insulation”. Note, however, that many books and websites have demonstration projects instead of experiments. So, again, be careful that you find the right type of project.

5. Make a list of possible projects, and work together to choose the best one!

6. Our BEST hint:, and get a free copy of “The Non-Scientist Parent’s Guide to Science Fair Projects“. You’ll learn more about how to choose that perfect science project! Or, for five fast and easy science fair experiments that can be finished by this time tomorrow, visit 24 Hour Science Projects.

Science Boards for a Middle School Fair

A science project isn’t finished until the last letter is glued onto the science board. After the science project is finished, you want it to look its very best for the science fair! You really want the project to reflect how hard your middle schooler has worked.science project board

A science board is usually a three fold piece of cardboard divided into several sections. Each section can be headed by an identifying title:

Title, Purpose and Hypothesis – Every science display has to tell the project title and purpose – and they aren’t necessarily the same thing. For example, the title of your project might be “EGG-XPERIMENTING!” The purpose of this project, however, is to discover “Does water move through the membrane of an egg?” The title will usually be shown in the center panel at the top or on an extra board fastened across the top of your project. You should have a different space for your hypothesis.

Materials and Procedure – These two sections list what you used in your experiment, and what steps you took to accomplish them. It always looks nice to use bullets or numbers in your list. The information in these sections should give specific instructions so your can be repeated by someone else. Be as clear as possible. Your kids’ science projects should be able to be repeated by the next kid in line!

Data and Results – The format of your data and results section will depend on the experiment you have done. You will probably include your graph and chart in this section. You may also give a paragraph summarizing your results. Graphs and charts should be colorful and clear.

Conclusion, Analysis, Applications, References – These sections will not always be required. Check with your teacher to see if you need to include them.

Most science fairs do not want kids’ names on projects, so make sure that you know the policy of your child’s fair. Find out how to make your display attractive and stand out from all of the other kids’ science projects.

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