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 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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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!

 

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!