Finding easy 8th grade science fair projects is not that tough. What you need to concentrate on is how you are going to take the challenge of completing the experiment and providing a legible hypothesis….
In middle school, when you are designing an experiment, you will be asked to present the data in tables and graph form. No handwritten material is submitted, so all the text for posters and reports need to be typed. It is hugely recommended that you don’t take extensive help from the parents or friends, as it will only keep you back from actually understanding the experiment’s concept. And whenever you take help for any uncommon knowledge for your science fair, you are obligated to cite references.
Science fairs are an excellent way to earn better grades and win college scholarships and grants. Students get an amazing chance to win exciting prizes from these projects as well. In difficult or simple 8th grade science fair projects, the concentration is kept on including scientific methods and experiment designs.
Take a look at some chemistry projects for 8th graders in this section. If you feel that chemistry is the one subject you are good at or wish to learn more about, then these projects are certainly going to help you. Seek advice and suggestions from your teachers and parents in order to complete your choice of project on time, with accuracy.
How to make sun prints with construction paper
Your objective will be to use various lighting techniques and determine whether the sun exposure times have any effect on the colors and images. If done accurately, you will be able to see how various color of light affects the sun prints’ brightness.
You’ll need colored construction paper, different-shaped fresh leaves, cardboard, and lots of sunlight. First, place the construction paper in front of the sunlight for few minutes. Second, you will place the leaves in whichever design you wish on the paper itself and leave it outside for about an hour or so.
Although the objective of this experiment is collect pH readings, acidity levels, and ammonia and nitrate contents in the water, you can also get a whole lot of information by finding out what causes the pollution in the first place.
Due to various human activities, the rivers and streams across the world are getting polluted day by day. Your objective in this experiment is to find out the pH reading, acidity levels, and ammonia and nitrate contents in the water. Take samples from different upstream and downstream rivers and streams to find out how much pollution actually exists.
Take a look at some physics projects for 8th graders in this section. As physics provides information on what matter is made of, its behavioral patterns, the laws of physics, its restrictions, etc., the amount of information you can learn is humongous. Here are a few projects that you might be interested in learning more about.
Color of Hair and Static
What is static? Why does our hair strands stand up? Does the color of our hair matter when we talk about static and its effects? In this experiment, you have to find out if the color of our hair has any effects on the amount of static electricity produced.
For the experiment, you need to get black, gray, blonde, red, and brown hair samples. You need a balloon, a copper plate, a ground connection, jumper wire with crocodile clip ends, and individual wigs of all hair colors.
Quickly Cool Soda Cans
During summertime, having a chilled soda can in your hand is so refreshing. But waiting for the can to cool in the refrigerator takes so long. Keeping that in mind, do you ever wonder why does it take a certain amount of time to cool a soda can?
Are there any other ways to cool a room temperature soda can? A bucket of ice, freezer, or ice-water? Which is the fastest? Would conduction, convection, evaporation, and radiation techniques do the trick in transferring heat out of the soda can?
Human Behavior Projects
For our next projects, we will be taking over some human behavioral experiments. Do people fascinate you? Their behavior towards others, the impacts of our memories and dreams, why do we make certain decisions, etc.; if finding answers to these questions interests you, then human behavior projects is right for you.
Are smiles contagious?
We all know that yawning, coughing, and clearing throat are some of the actions which are contagious. But have you wondered if smiles could be one of them? You are walking on the curb and pass many strangers coming your way. If you smile at them, do they do the same?
This is a simple experiment which doesn’t require a lot of your time; a day will suffice. To conduct the experiment, you will have to investigate if truly, smiling is or isn’t contagious. Can it be a chain reaction? Walk down the street or at your school, smile as you walk past a strange face. Do they return the smile or leave you hanging? Record your findings and come to a conclusion.
Can we make colors with lights?
By combining two or more colors with each other, we can make a new color altogether. Example: red and green makes yellow, blue and red makes purple, and white and green makes light green. Does this same theory apply to light?
Now could this same concept be used to make colors with light? Can colored lights have the same effects as crayons and paints? Do the experiment and find out the answer if the principle is applicable.
Animal Science Projects
Studying the behavioral changes and unique attributes of animals and birds is fascinating. The study goes beyond the biology of animals and really understanding what goes on inside these tongueless animals.
How do ants communicate with one another
We all know that ants live in a colony and work hard. So do they communicate with one another in order to form such great teamwork? Do ants have various senses to talk to one another in order to warn or convey certain messages?
You can either find a group of ants in your backyard or get an ant farm for the experiment. Now, to check whether they have different senses as humans and whether or not they respond to it, do this:
- Take a tiny object in front of them and wave it. See whether or not they see the object and avoid getting hurt by it.
- Clap your hands or blow a horn to check their sense of hearing.
- Spray a little bit of deodorant in their path to check their sense of smell.
- Finally, use a pen to tap on the ground to see whether they have the sense of touch.
Do different breeds of dogs mingle in harmony?
Dogs are generally kind, smart, and friendly animals as they get along really well with humans and other animals. But does that mean they get along with their own breed or can coexist with other dog breeds as well?
For the experiment, you’ll need to find different dog breeds as the experiment can be done in multiple layers. You can record the findings between 2 dogs of similar and different breeds. Next, you can see if the gender of the dogs has any effect on the findings.
Computer Science Projects
Along with the scientific study, computer science involves practical study of computation, artificial intelligence, date transferring and processing, programming, and advanced algorithmic properties.
Does caffeine stimulant impact typing speed?
Whenever we feel sleepy or tired, but cannot find time to rest, we often turn to caffeine as a stimulant. So, does it really help us or is it just our minds playing tricks on us. In this experiment, we wish to find out whether or not caffeine advances the typing speed.
You’ll need a laptop, a few volunteers of different age groups and gender, and two to three caffeinated beverages. After drinking the beverages, wait for a few minutes before beginning the experiment. Record your findings once the volunteers begin after consuming the beverages.
Can we remember one font better than the other?
Have your ever noticed, while typing on the laptop, our brain prefers certain types of fonts more than others. Do these fonts have anything to do with how they appear to our eyes? Perhaps the soothing qualities of the fonts make us remember them more. Or is there any other reason behind it?
Choose 2 fonts and ask your friends to volunteer for the experiment. Now type at least 5 sentences (short to long) in the first font and 5 sentences in the second font. Once the typing is over, ask the volunteers to read all the sentences for about 5 seconds. Finally, you will ask the volunteers to repeat the sentences they just read. Do they remember the sentences? And if yes, then from which font?
These ideas are a good way to begin thinking or narrowing down on your selection. Here’s another ScienceStruck article that will give you interesting topics’ list. Remember, you will enjoy working on a project onlyif you are truly interested in it. No child likes studying or learning if it is forced on them.