Science Fair Projects - You Don't Have to Settle for Ho-Hum

Published: 07th August 2009
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Science Fair Projects - You Don't Have to Settle for Ho-Hum

by Mort Barish

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Science fair projects do not have to be boring. Science teachers and parents have found that if the kids like the subject, they are likely to do a really good project. Ah but there's the rub, to find a project that is not ho-hum and boring, but rather find one that jumps off the page saying "do me". A number of new projects recently uncovered reveal an eclectic group of subjects and interests. Here are a few worth talking about.

Make a Metal Detector and Find Rings, Gold and Money

With a few items normally found around the home, a real working metal detector can be constructed and will work on the beach, in the woods, or most anywhere else. Some lucky kids have found valuable treasures using this home-made device and scored high in science fair as well. All you need to get going on a hunt for treasure is a calculator and an AM radio. The excitement of a treasure hunt awaits all youngsters doing this school science fair project for all grade levels.

Make Home Made Ice Cream in a Ziploc Bag

Imagine the joy of having ice cream whenever you want it, and winning an award for science fair at the same time. Just mix up some milk, cream, sugar, vanilla and ice in a baggie and you are on your way. All the details of making really good ice cream are explained in the project for even little kids to follow. This is a good elementary school idea and experiment and the entire family will enjoy the results.

Slime That Glows in the Dark

You've seen many projects for making all kinds of slime but have you ever seen one about slime that glows in the dark? This exciting formula develops a slime ball for night time slam dunk basketball, or night time hockey or dodge ball. Stretch it, squeeze it, bounce it, slam it; the more the merrier. Water polo and rugby should not be overlooked when gaming with night time slime that glows.

Does Caffeine Make You Type Faster?

Kids can have fun when they test adults typing speed before and after drinking coffee. Will caffeine really enable you to type faster? Will women type faster than men? It's the youngsters turn to push the adults around a little when they conduct these tests on the grown-ups. This is a good experiment for an elementary school science project.

Density Column Looks Pretty, Teaches a Lot

What happens when you pour liquids like honey, corn syrup, vegetable oil and liquid soap in a flask. Which stay on top and which liquids sink to the bottom. A colorful liquid density display is a good idea for a kid's science experiment for all grades.

Students love to scan detailed listings of science fair projects, restlessly searching for just the right one that will turn them on and excite them to do great things. Can you measure the speed of light? Can you make a wind generator? Is solar energy really practical? Can body language help determine if a person is lying?

Nothing ho-hum here. How about projects that reveal where in your neighborhood is it most polluted?

What do drivers do at stop signs, do they stop or just slow down? Which uses more water, a bath or a shower?

Teachers tell us that students like to access projects that tell them what materials they need to do the project and that have step-by-step procedures for them to follow. At the same time, they want projects where they can use their own imagination and do not have to follow every little detailed instruction but can take off on their own.

Children also want to know what the judges are looking for when evaluating a science fair project so that the student can anticipate what will be expected in his or her display and presentation.

All of the above plus over 300 science fair projects are available immediately on line at


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