It's science fair season for us and we've been hard at work doing our research. I thought I'd share a few websites we found to be well-organized and helpful. Even if you aren't doing a science fair project, the ideas from some of these sites can lead to fun science explorations.
Useful Science Fair Websites:
Science Buddies has tons of free science fair project ideas. If you are looking for a topic, visit the “Topic Selection Wizard” which helps students narrow down their interests and pick a project. Although it does take a few minutes to wade through all the pages of questions, the end result was right on target for my son. The resulting projects were informative and had a lot of good, in depth detail.
The Exploratorium Learning Studio says it “receives many requests for help with science fair projects, both from teachers and students. We have brought together here some good places to start. Remember, they're just a start -- explore them!”
All Science Fair Projects has a lot of ideas, but beware, they have a lot of ads, too.
Science Fair Adventure seems well organized and easy to use
The Internet Public Library has a bunch of useful links to other sites, which seemed relevant and up-to-date.
Cool Science Projects has just what the name implies, with very interesting photographs.
Discovery Channel Education has information on the scientific method, etc.
SciFair.org has a lot of links to science pages, seems to be a well-maintained site
Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement, and as you know, sites can change overnight, so check each one before you let your child explore. If you have found a useful website you would like to share, please feel free to leave a comment.
There are numerous books available that are written to help kids find science fair projects.
Janice Van Cleave has a whole series of science fair books, such as:
Janice VanCleave's Guide to More of the Best Science Fair Projects by Janice VanCleave
Janice VanCleave's A+ Science Fair Projects by Janice VanCleave
You can find many other books about science fairs, too.
100 Amazing First-Prize Science Fair Projects by Glen Vecchione
The Complete Workbook for Science Fair Projects by Julianne Blair Bochinski
The Scientific American Book of Great Science Fair Projects by Scientific Americanand Marc Rosner
If a science fair project is in your child's future, help is only a book or a website away.