Science Fair Project Ideas
Science is the study of the natural world. With subjects including Astronomy and Astrophysics, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, History of Geology, Mathematics, History of Physics, and Technology, it is a way to find out how nature works.
Science education consists of making observations, asking questions, and collecting information. This scientific method is practiced in order to make discoveries about the world.
In school where students are exposed to the contributions of natural philosophers and scientists to the history of science from many cultures spanning the ancient and modern times, they learn about the world we all live in and about themselves. They are encouraged to understand that adding new information and making discoveries, as well as correcting errors and misunderstandings are all part of the process of living on this planet. Thatís how science works.
To determine whether students are influenced to become scientists (itís human nature to ask questions and be aware of what surrounds you; science exercises are good starting vehicles for teachers to find out if their students are learning), it is important to let them understand the methods or processes of science through hands-on activities or laboratory work. Thatís where science fair projects come in. These projects allow interactions between science and technology and society.
Please note that your science fair project must be about a topic that interests you. What have you always wondered or liked about that topic? Here are some subjects you can choose from.
1. Animals and Insects. What are the common classifications of the animal kingdom? What do they do and eat to survive and communicate? Common and different traits and characteristics of animals and insects. What happens when you enclose an animal or insect in a surrounding different from where it got used to?
2. Solar System: Earth, Sun, Stars and Other Heavenly Bodies. What are the planets and other bodies that orbit it? Characteristics and distances of the planets and other bodies. How does the color of a background affect its absorption of solar insolation? How do you prove life exists in the universe? How does solar energy work?
3. Food and Our Bodies. How humans look like? What do they eat? How do their bodies work? How people get food? What are the food in different places and customs? What are the food names? What is a food chain? What are eating disorders? On which food does fungus grow best? How do acids affect teeth? Can humans survive without water
4. Oceans, Rivers, and Streams. What are the different water bodies that cover the earth surface? What are the other living things and creatures that live under the sea? What are the minerals that can be found in the ocean? How important are these water bodies to our survival? How does the ocean influence the weather? Does the amount of water affect the size of the wave and other water movements? Where is the current of a stream the fastest? How polluted is our water? Will there ever come a time where water on Earth decrease in volume?
5. Water Cycle. What is it? What are the causes of water cycle? How important is water cycle? What are the sources of water vapor? What are the factors that affect water cycle?
6. Plants, Photosynthesis and Gardening. What is photosynthesis? How does it work? How is it essential to life on earth? What kind of soil is best for water retention? What is the percentage of water in various fruits and vegetables? Does the type of water affect the growth of plants? Which plants and vegetables make the best dye? Can plants deprived of sunlight grow? Is soil necessary for plant growth?
7. Weather. What are the causes of weather? What are moisture, air pressure and air masses? How do changes in air pressure affect the weather? What is a weather forecast? Is there a relationship between phases of the moon and our weather? How does topography affect weather conditions? Are there alternative ways to prevent rain?
Though science may be broadly defined as the development of knowledge about the physical universe, it has so many entries and studies every individual can relate to, or at least there has to be some topic one will find interesting. And through science fair projects, each student is a given a renewed awareness on the importance of nature and its existence.
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