ClickScholar Katie suggested this website, sponsored by The Kenneth Lafferty
Hess Family Charitable Foundation, that provides over 700 FREE science
projects that students can select and customize according to their area of
interest. Katie wrote:
"My daughter (the public school holdout) has a science project due. Her
teacher sent home this full page of tiny print detailing what is required
for the 'simple' project. It's based on the Scientific Method. I'm thinking,
'What's the Scientific Method?' So, to help my daughter, I googled it and
discovered Science Buddies."
When you get to the website you'll see the featured sections that include:
Science Fair Project Ideas, Student Resources, and Teacher Resources. Just
click on the links in those sections or use the menu bar at the top of the
screen to access the content on this user-friendly site.
Under "Science Fair Project Ideas" click on the interactive "Topic Selection
Wizard." As Katie wrote, "There's a short questionnaire to fill out that
will help you find topics that are actually within your child's area of
interest. Once you get to suggested topics, you can read through and email
the ideas to yourself so you don't lose the them in your bookmarks. There
are some really interesting and fun projects!" Topics include:
*Physical Science - Aerodynamics, Hydrodynamics, Astronomy, Chemistry,
Electricity & Electronics, Physics, and more!
*Civil Engineering - Computer Science, Energy & Power, Environmental
Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and more!
*Life Science - Biotechnology, Genetics & Genomics, Human Biology & Health,
Mammalian Biology, Microbiology, Plant Biology, and Zoology.
*Behavioral & Social Science - Human Behavior and Sociology.
*Earth & Environmental Science - Geology, Ocean Sciences, Weather &
Atmosphere, and more.
*Math & Computer Science - Genetics & Genomics, Pure Mathematics, Video &
Computer Games, and more.
*Other - Cooking & Food Science, Music, Photography, Digital Photography &
Video, Sports Science, and Video & Computer Games.
Click on any one to find hands-on scientific investigations that engage
students because they address their specific area of interest and eliminate
the hassle of doing a science project. Each Project Idea includes a
description of the subject matter, references, Internet-based public domain
tools and/or real-time scientific data, and provides suggestions for
You will also appreciate "The Science Fair Project Guide" - an online
encyclopedia that explains how to conduct science research and projects
(with a detailed explanation of the Scientific Method). As the website
explains, "It includes step-by-step guidance, actual sample assignments,
photos of science fair projects, tips for success, and self-grading
checklists for students."
Don't miss "Ask an Expert" - a monitored, online forum staffed by volunteer
scientists and talented science students who help students anywhere, on a
drop-in basis, with their project questions.
You can also subscribe to the Science Buddies free newsletter and you can
get a free science poster (have it mailed or download in pdf) too!
Diane Flynn Keith
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