School science fair projects! Do those words fill you with excitement or fear? (Or maybe a little bit of both.) Take a deep breath and relax. With a little bit of planning, you can find a great ideas, and turn them into creative, rewarding and fun learning experiences. Just follow these steps and you’ll be on your way to a great science fair project.

What are Science Fair Projects?

Think of this process as an investigation designed to answer a question. The first step is very important to your success – asking a good, very specific question. Then you will use a well defined set of steps to make sure that the answer is as accurate as possible.

This series of steps is called The Scientific Method:

  1. Ask a question.
  2. State a hypothesis
  3. Plan the experiment
  4. Perform the experiment and make observations
  5. Analyze the results
  6. Reach conclusions
project idea

Choose a project idea (question and hypothesis)

Picking science fair project ideas may seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Since you will be working on your project for many weeks, it’s important to pick a topic you find interesting…. (Read more….)

science fair experiment

Plan your science fair experiment

After choosing your topic, you will begin to design your science fair experiment. Research your subject to find the available information. Make a list of the variables…. (Read more….)

perform experiment

Perform the experiment and make observations

It is extremely important to make careful and detailed observations and measurments. There are two kinds of observations…. (Read more….)

analyze results

Analyze results, reach conclusions, report

To complete your science fair project, you must analyze the data and draw a conclusion from the experimental observations you recorded….. (Read more….)

science fair display board

Present your project – the science fair display board

Your science fair display board is how your project will be viewed and judged. The keys to a good display are…. (Read more….)

Just follow the above steps for great science fair projects for kids!

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