Cool Science Experiments

Everyone loves a cool science experiment, right?  Well, if you are looking for a cool science experiment, here are a few ideas to get you started.

Frozen bubbles.  That is right, you can make bubbles last for a long time.  This can be really fun for the younger age group.   Baking soda bubbles is also a neat experiment for the bubble enthusiast.

Animal experiments are always fun.  How does variation in temperature affect animals?  Do animals have a color preference?  Are bugs or animals deterred by certain sounds? 

Food always makes for a cool experiment.  Some ideas include making light with fruit, plastic mild, moldy bred, and yeast.  You can also make your own butter in a jar and rock candy.  While you are considering the food category, why not do an experiment to see how much fat is in the food that you eat.

Balloons make interesting experiments as well, and there are so many things that you can do with them.  Some of the options include; balloon blast off, balloon car, balloon boat, straws and balloons, and balloon columns. 

Some other neat miscellaneous experiments include; how water pressure works, using food coloring to change to color of certain flowers, and homemade silly putty. 

Nature enthusiasts could try making their own little green house in a bottle.  You may also want to consider making a fossil for your science project.

There are countless other cool science experiments out there; it just takes a little research to discover the perfect one for your student.

Check out the science kits that can help you get started on your experiment today.

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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. 

If you are running out of time on your project and need something that you can begin right away, check out all of the ready made kits that are available for purchase.
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Easy Middle School Science Projects

easy science projectIt’s Friday night, and you’ve been putting it off for a month. But on Monday, your elementary student’s science project is due. And you haven’t even started. You need an easy science project that can be done quickly, but it has to be good…

It’s not an easy thing to find! Science projects that are easy often don’t meet the requirements of the teacher or the science fair. And projects that are fast often aren’t enough to teach your child anything. We know. With four boys, our family has waited until the last minute to do a science project more than once. But the good news is that there really are good – and even fun – middle school science experiments that can be done quickly and easily.

1. Find out exactly what type of project your child needs. Some elementary school teachers want a demonstration science project that the child can present to the class. Some teachers want a science report. Occasionally, scientific models or nature collections will be allowed. Most teachers, however, want an experiment based science project that follows the scientific method.

2. Ask your child for several ideas. He or she will be the scientist, after all!

3. Do an internet or library search for “science projects on…” You may find exactly what you need this way. Make a list of possible projects. Go ahead and discard projects that are on advanced chemistry.

4. Take a look at the ingredients and equipment. If there are items not readily available or are wickedly expensive, you’ll know that project isn’t for you. There are plenty of experiments that can be done with things in the home, or at the supermarket.

5. Find out how long the project takes. If it takes more than two or three days, you probably want to reconsider. The ideal easy science project will not take more than a few hours, in case something goes wrong and you have to repeat. And unfortunately, this does happen.

Although an easy science project isn’t always easy to find, you and your child can work together to find a project that is easy to do, but also educational and fun! If you need more help in finding your easy project, visit 24 Hour Science Projects.

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