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Do you need to do a science fair project? This list of web sites provides the basic materials to do just that. The HOW TO DO A SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT articles explain the different parts of science fair projects. SAMPLES of completed science fair projects will show some successful projects for different age levels. The IDEAS section will help you decide what kind of science fair project you want to do. The sites may include questions which can be developed into projects or full explanations of projects you can do. The science MAGAZINES include interesting articles in different areas of science which may help you come up with your own topic. If you find an article on the topic you choose, it can be used to give you some research information. The RESOURCES section will provide some basic tools you might need to complete your own science fair project.

The sites are generally arranged from the most basic to the most detailed so if this is your first science fair, you may want to start by looking at the sites near the top of each section. If you have done science fair projects before or want to work on more advanced topics, you may want to concentrate on the sites towards the bottom of each list. There is a lot of information in these sites so jump around to the ones that look best to you.

NOTICE: Selecting any of the sites on this list will take you out of the Internet Public Library

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NOTE to parents

How To Do A Science Fair Project

Practical Hints for Science Fair Projects
http://www.scri.fsu.edu/~dennisl/CMS/special/sf_hints.html

Are you a little nervous about having to be in a science fair? Here are some short clues that will help you out. For example, one hint says: "Your science fair project doesn't have to be complicated to be good."

Steps to Prepare a Science Fair Project
http://www.isd77.k12.mn.us/resources/cf/steps.html

This site has one sentence explanations of each part of a science fair. One of the steps described is presenting your project to judges. This may or may not be a part of your science fair. The site also has an explanation of what makes a good project and an explanation of how to come up with your own science fair project.

Writing a Scientific Poster
http://134.121.112.29/sciforum/writing.html

"Scientific Posters" is another term for science fair projects. This site outlines the steps of science fairs with links to a sample science fair project. It also explains the copyright issues which you might need to think about. (Copyright means copying someone else's work without saying its theirs.)

Experimental Science Projects: An Intermediate Level Guide
http://www.isd77.k12.mn.us/resources/cf/SciProjInter.html

Do you know what the scientific method is? Most science fair projects use the scientific method. This site, which is written for older students, explains the scientific method and also gives a guide on how to use the scientific method in a science project. Different kinds of errors you could have in your results are also explained.

Technical Details
http://www.scri.fsu.edu/~dennisl/CMS/sf/sf_details.html

Your experiment is finished. You have the results. Now what do you do with it? This page explains what do with the data you have.

Science Fair Workshop
http://www.eduzone.com/Tips/science/showtip4.htm

You are done with your project. Now you need to display it. Look at this site if you want advice on the details of doing a good job showing off your work.

So, You're Going to Have a Science Fair!
http://www.eduzone.com/Tips/Science/SHOWTIP2.HTM

OK. You want to know EVERYTHING about how to do science fair projects. This site comes close. It is set up like a book with chapters on each part of a science fair. It has forms, checklists, calendars which you might want to use while working on your project. This is a MUST see if you want help in working on your science fair project.

Sample Science Fair Projects

Virtual Science Fair
http://www.parkmaitland.org/sciencefair/index.html

Do you need some ideas for a science fair project? Kids at the Park Maitland School in Maitland, Florida, in grades 1-6, put their science fair projects on the Web! Each experiment has the Introduction, Hypothesis/Question, Methods, Results, Conclusion and Discussion sections and some even have photographs. Check these out and get ideas for your own project!

Virtual Science and Mathematics Fair
http://134.121.112.29/fair_95/gym/index.html

A number of award winning science fair projects are displayed at this site. It includes science projects done by middle school students and math and science projects done by high school students. The sample projects are listed a little ways down the web page under the section called "Program Contents." These projects use a more standard structure than some of the sample science fair projects on other sites. The web addresses (the URLs) for other science fair projects are also listed but many of these sites either have been removed from the system or take a very long time to load.

Ideas For Science Fair Projects

Science Fairs Home Page
http://www.stemnet.nf.ca/~jbarron/scifair.html

If you don't have any idea what you would like to do for your own science fair project, this site lists hundreds of topics for science fair projects! Each topic is just a phrase so you would need to develop your own unique project . The list is broken down by grade level : Primary (grades 1-3), Elementary (grades 4-6), Intermediate (grades 7-8) and Senior (grades 9-12). The suggestions are then broken down by subjects -- Engineering, Biology, etc. Some of the internal links for topics do not work. You may need to go to the general list of topic subjects in each grade level to see topics in a different subject area.

The Thinking Fountain
http://www.sci.mus.mn.us/sln/tf/nav/thinkingfountain.html

Perform cool science experiments! Learn how to make your own paper, build a spaghetti structure, grow mold on bread (yuck), create a *square* bubble--and lots more! You can send in your own science experiment ideas, too. Many are good for younger students.

Exploratorium: The Learning Center
http://www.exploratorium.edu/learning_studio/index.html

At the Exploratorium's Learning Center, you can choose both the "Science Explorer" and the Exploratorium Science Snackbook series" to see simple science experiments that help explain scientific principles. You can use ideas from these experiments to build your own science fair projects.

Science and Nature for Kids
http://kidscience.miningco.com

This is a list of links to experiments on other web pages that you can do at home and perhaps use to create your own science fair project. There are all types of experiments, from growing mold and learning about photosynthesis, to stuff about static electricity!

Science Made Simple: Samples
http://www.waterw.com/~science/sample.html

This site contains 4 issues online so far from their magazinethat explain scientific concepts with experiments and projects readers can do. For example, the link to "What is Static Electricity" has very clear explanations about static electricity and projects to demonstrate static electricity.

Possible Science Fair Projects
http://www.scri.fsu.edu/~dennisl/CMS/sf/sf_projects.html

There are just a few ideas for science fair projects at this site. Each idea, however, has an explanation of how to do the project and the level of difficulty for each project. It also links to other sites which contain experiments which can be adapted or expanded for a science fair project.

Experiments and Activities
http://weber.u.washington.edu/~chudler/experi.html

Are you interested in the way your mind works? A variety of science experiments concerning functions controlled by the brain such as reflexes, dreams and the senses are at this site. For each experiment, the author gives an introduction, the steps of the experiment and the difficulty of the projects. Many of these experiments are simple but they could be adapted for science fair projects.

Reeko's Mad Scientist Lab
http://www.flash.net/~spartech/ReekoScience/ReekoIndex.htm

Want to have some fun with science? Get a parent to help you and you can do some cool experiments with Reeko the Mad Scientist. Experiments are labeled Easy, Intermediate, and Advanced.

Bill Nye The Science Guy : Episode Guide
http://nyelabs.kcts.org/nyeverse/episode/

Select a topic from several pull down menus then click on the episode button next to the menu. An description of an episode of Bill Nye The Science Guy will appear on your topic. At the end of the description is an experiment under the section "Try This." These experiments could be used as parts of science projects. Some topic related Internet links are also included for additional reading material.

Newton's Apple
http://ericir.syr.edu/Projects/Newton

Have you ever seen the science show, Newton's Apple ? Information on topics from several seasons are on this web site. For each topic, the following information may be provided: a short explanation of the topic, questions to consider, definitions of science terms, and some resources for further research. There is also an activity page and some "try this" activities. The activities are good sources for science fair projects. To find these activities, select a season, then a topic from an episode. The activities will be at the end of that topic.

Science Lessons by Age Group
http://www.eecs.umich.edu/mathscience/funexperiments/agesubject/age.html

This site breaks down science activities by broad age groups. These are written as classroom projects and include the materials needed, activities, and things to think about. They are not specifically science fair projects but some of them could be made into projects.

Kids' Science Projects by Bill B.
http://www.eskimo.com/~billb/amasci.html

Bill B. provides full descriptions of projects with pictures or diagrams on how to make various scientific devices to show scientific principles. Many of these projects are more appropriate for high school students. NOTE: Some of the entries at this site are lists to other sites or lists of books to look at.

General Interest Science Magazines

Science News Online - The Weekly Newsmagazine of Science
http://www.sciencenews.org/

Would you like your science fair project to be on a current topic in science? Here is a weekly magazine offering short articles on a the current events in the scientific world. Each issue contains an article on a math topic, a food topic, and brief articles on current finds in science. Prior issues are available online for several months. Your computer needs to have Netscape to access this site.

SCIENCENOTES
http://natsci.ucsc.edu/acad/scicom/SciNotes/BackIssues.html

Sciencenotes is an online magazine which comes out twice a year. Each issue has several fairly long fun-to-read articles on science. The illustrations are great too. The biggest problem with this magazine is that there are only a few issues online.

The Why? Files: Science Behind the News
http://whyfiles.news.wisc.edu/

The Why? Files gives news articles twice a month on topics in the areas of science, math, engineering and technology. The articles include statistics, some photos and a great deal of information. If you click on the filed Why?files, you can search for articles on a topic. If you scroll down instead of searching, you will get a subject list of other articles available. This site requires Netscape.

Resources

Webster's Dictionary
http://c.gp.cs.cmu.edu:5103/prog/webster

If you aren't sure of the meaning of a word, here is the place to come. Each entry will provide the history of a word, the pronunciation and the definition. If you don't know how to spell the entire word, you can just enter the first few letters and an asterisk. (The star * usually over the 8 on the keyboard.) You will get a list of words starting with those letters. You can even jump into a thesaurus if you need a related word. WARNING: This dictionary was originally published in 1913 so many scientific or technical words will not be here.

ARTFL Project: ROGET Thesaurus Search Form
http://humanities.uchicago.edu/forms_unrest/ROGET.html

If you know the word you are using is not quite right for what you want to say, you can enter the word you know and a lot, or a bevy, or a multitude or a group of related words will appear. If your word has several definitions, the related words for each definition will be in its own category.

NASA Thesaurus
http://www.sti.nasa.gov/thesfrm1.htm

This thesaurus will provide broader, narrower and related terms for a term listed. Some brief definitions are included. The words in this thesaurus are generally in the fields of aerospace, aviation, zoology, chemistry and geography. You must go through alpabetical links to find your term.

Biotech: Biotechnology Dictionary
http://biotech.chem.indiana.edu/pages/dictionary.html

A dictionary which defines terms primarily in genetics and biochemistry may be helpful in a science fair project. It also includes some terms in biology, chemistry and medicine. This dictionary allows you to enter the term you wish defined and it will link to related terms in the dictionary. Images are included with the definition for a few terms. Unfortunately, there is no pronunciation guide.

Exploratory Virtual Tour: The Periodic Table of Elements
http://www.exploratory.org.uk/plores/per_tbl/per_tbl.htm

The periodic table of elements provides the properties of the earth's basic elements. This table not only gives the basic properties of each element, it also gives some common uses of each element.

Yogi's Behemoth: Geologic Time Line
http://klbproductions.com/yogi/geo-time.html

Are you interested in dinosaurs or archeology? This site provides a table of when different types of animals and plants were on the earth.

Searching the Animal Diversity Web
http://www.oit.itd.umich.edu/bio/biogate-p.cgi/bio/bio.index

Run a search for an animal and all files with that name appear. Choose an animal and the classification, physical traits, behavior and environment are given. Pictures and sounds are included if your computer can provide it.

Medicine Net
http://www.medicinenet.com

This is an excellent site if you want to learn more about medicine. It includes a medical dictionary, an encyclopedia of diseases and treatment and an encyclopedia which explains the make up and uses of different drugs. This site also has some articles on current medical advances. There is a beginning screen which warns that is for educational purposes only.