Science Fair Pathfinder
C. P. Smith Science Fair 2012 is scheduled for March 15 from 6:00-7:00 pm
Our school library has many materials that may support your projects.
Stop by and “check out” our collection of science fair project books, non-fiction science resources and more.
Here is an online pathfinder of science websites, appropriate for elementary and middle school age students, to help get you started with science project ideas.
Agricultural Ideas for Science Fair Projects
Bill Nye the Science Guy:
http://www.nyelabs.com/ Click on “Home Demos”
The Franklin Institute Resources for Science Learning
Mad Scientist Experiments
Magic School Bus Simple Science:
PBS Kids dragon fly tv
The Science Club
Science Explorer (Get Messy! Get Airborne! Get Loud! Get Shocked! Try These Activities)
Science Fair Central from Discovery School.com http://discoveryschool.com/sciencefaircentral/scifairstudio/parents.html.
South Lake Middle School Science Fair Ideas
SCIENCE PROJECT IDEAS
Ø Will vitamins affect the growth of a plant?
Ø Do weed killers affect house plants?
Ø How do the moon phases affect plant germination?
Ø How fast do roots grow?
Ø Does the amount of light on plants affect their growth?
Ø Does the amount of water given plants affect their growth?
Ø What is the effect of detergent on bean seeds?
Ø Under what color light do plants grow best?
Ø In what kind of material (sand, clay, etc.) do seeds grow best?
Ø What is the effect of chlorinated water on plant growth?
Ø How does the number of seeds produced by different plants compare?
Ø Will frozen seed sprout?
Ø Will plants grow better in soil or water/
Ø What can be done to increase the decomposing rate of plants?
Ø Do loving plants give off moisture?
Ø Do living plants give off oxygen?
Ø What is the effect of fats and cholesterol on plants/
Ø What kind of life can be found in 1 square meter of backyard soil?
Ø How does a bird embryo grow in an egg?
Ø Can mice distinguish color?
Ø How do mealworms respond to light?
Ø How does an earthworm react to light and darkness?
Ø Do different kinds of caterpillars eat different amounts of food?
Ø Do mint plants repel insects?
Ø What color of flowers attract hummingbirds best?
Ø What colors attract moths and other insects at night?
Ø Does temperature affect the flash rate of fireflies?
Ø At what rate do pets drink water?
Ø What is the effect of temperature on the activity of (mealworms, crickets, etc.)?
Ø Does the moon rise every night at the same time and in the same location?
Ø How accurate are long-range weather forecasts?
Ø Is rainwater absorbed at the same rate in different kinds of soil?
Ø From which direction does the wind blow most frequently?
Ø How warm is it under the snow?
Ø Which grows faster, body hair or scalp hair?
Ø How do fingerprints differ?
Ø Do all people have the same normal body temperature?
Ø Are certain dominant traits exhibited in the same family?
Ø Who has bigger hands, boys or girls?
Ø How accurately can you tell the temperature of an object by touch?
Ø Who are generally taller, boys or girls?
Ø How fast do muscles get tired?
Ø What is the effect of heat when dissolving sugar? Salt?
Ø Why is salt put on icy sidewalks?
Ø What is the acidity of various household products?
Ø How fast do fabrics burn?
Ø What kind of materials can put out a fire?
Ø Do crystals all have the same shape?
Ø How much of the air is oxygen?
Ø Can seawater be "desalted" by freezing?
Ø How is the strength of a magnet affected by glass, cardboard and plastic?
Ø What is the best shape for a kite?
Ø How does a pulley help you work?
Ø How does the use of paint prevent the formation of rust?
Ø Which holds two materials together better, a screw or a nail?
Ø Do all objects fall at the same speed?
Ø How does the weight of a pendulum affect the swing?
Ø How is the distance a cart rolls affected by the mass in the cart?
Ø On what kind of surface will a ball roll fastest?
Ø Which kind of metal conducts heat best?
Ø Does sound travel best through solid, liquid or gas?
Ø What materials provide the best insulation?
Ø What is the effect of temperature on the volume of air?
Ø How does the length of a vibrating body affect sound?
Ø How does the design of a paper airplane affect its flight?
Ø Which chewing gum holds its flavor the best?
Ø Which detergent breaks up oil best?
Ø How does the absorption rate of various paper towels differ?
Ø Which detergent makes the most bubbles?
Ø How does the wattage of a light bulb affect energy use?
Ø Which brand of glue holds two boards together best?
Ø Which brand of popcorn pops fastest?
Ø Which type of battery makes toys run longest?
Ø Which type of diaper holds the most water?