Participating in a science fair can be an exciting learning experience for students. They gain knowledge about scientific processes while honing their communication abilities.
Planning early is crucial when it comes to project presentation at fairs. Submit your proposal and gather all necessary materials well ahead of the fair, as well as practice your presentation skills at this crucial juncture.
1. Water Filtration
Students can explore homemade water filtration, discovering its natural filtration process as well as how lawn care products and household chemicals pollute groundwater sources. This makes an excellent science fair project idea for teens interested in chemistry or earth sciences.
Prepare this lab by aerating one sample of “polluted water” for one day prior to Part 1. Work with student teams on wetting out filter paper before labeling bottles with names for samples.
2. Heart Rate
Students can perform experiments to see how different activities impact a person’s heart rate and measure how long it takes for it to return to normal after exercise.
To complete this experiment successfully requires an understanding of the scientific method – writing a hypothesis, affirming variables, designing an experiment, recording data and graphing it. For optimum results this experiment is best conducted in pairs – start by taking one partner’s pulse at their wrist’s pulse point.
3. Personality Test
An effective science fair project should produce results that can be objectively measured. Science Buddies’ experiment of having participants listen to music for one week at random before testing whether their personality traits correlate with what genre(s) they listen to is an excellent example of that principle in action.
Children required to participate in science fairs were less likely to report that participating had increased their interest in science and engineering.
Students investigate the ingredients and properties of shampoos. They compare various versions in order to gain insight into product development as well as consumer expectations for an ideal shampoo product.
Eighth grade science fair projects can explore an abundance of subjects. You could test the power of Newton’s cradle, build a battery out of Alka-Seltzer or test water quality; there’s no limit to your possibilities!
5. Paper Cup Structure
Science experiments can easily be transformed into high school science fair projects. Students simply need to identify an intriguing question they want answered, alter one variable at a time until results appear and compare these with previous results.
Optic illusions are mesmerizing and help students learn about geometry, engineering and physics – they can even use them to test whether music has any effect on human behavior!
6. Fire Extinguisher
High school students frequently conduct scientific experiments for their science fair projects in biology, chemistry, physics or earth sciences.
This eighth grade science project explores various types of fire extinguishers and their efficacy at dousing fires in various ways. Furthermore, this experiment emphasizes the need for having a comprehensive fire safety plan in place.
7. Bottle Rocket
Students interested in science will enjoy this hands-on project which explores what makes a bottle rocket fly. Be warned: this experiment involves acid/base reactions and may become messy; for safety, ideally this should be conducted outdoors if possible.
Build your rocket launch pad as part of this fun way to learn about Newton’s laws of motion! Incorporate science processing skills and technological design. Have some fun!
Teenagers can get creative when it comes to developing high school science experiments and projects, like this experiment using dry ice (be sure to observe all necessary safety precautions).
Science Buddies also has an amazing project that explores how friction affects pendulum period by changing length, which public schools submitted as entries to Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow competition.
9. Artificial Intelligence
By high school, students have developed the capabilities for more complex science experiments and projects. By using basic supplies to transform classroom labs into science fair projects, these young scholars can turn their classroom labs into potential projects worthy of consideration at science fairs.
Prisha, 14, won the Broadcom MASTERS competition for middle school students by using artificial intelligence to detect areas prone to wildfires – an invaluable way for children to learn about data, information and algorithms.
Science fair projects provide teens with an excellent opportunity to explore their interests in science while honing vital research skills. Furthermore, science fair projects enable teens to develop critical thinking and problem-solving abilities as well as strengthen critical reasoning abilities.
Make non-magnetic objects magnetic with this electromagnet project or observe how magnets can change the color of an LED light. Kids can tinker with this dancing robot or design their own circuit to generate electricity.