In fact, any primary science fair project idea shouldn't be scary at all!
We want to do well no matter what it is. And primary students still have the will to learn and the excitement to make it...well...exciting! So science fair projects should be the same way...right?
But then the science fair comes around, and, uh-oh. What do we do? We have no clue.
So what do you do?
Well, you've come to the right place!
We are here to guide you through the easy steps for a good primary science fair project that is just right for primary kids. Just follow these ten steps and you're on your way...
...by the way, it's not too difficult — it can even be (gasp!) fun to learn something. We highly recommend that you read through the material on this page before going on to the project links below. Follow these steps, and you'll have a great chance of doing well!
We've boiled these steps (called the "scientific method") down to four categories for each primary science fair project idea. They are...
These four steps make it easier to understand the many steps listed below. That's why we used the steps above. We want to make it as easy as possible!
Although this is the easy version...
...read the ten steps below before you start. Please don't consider what follows as optional. It's important to read everything on this page. Here they are.
First, choose a topic that interests you. Find good primary science fair project ideas that are interesting to you. It needs to be something exciting, something that you won't "hafta do" and something that will make you jump and shout when you win that blue ribbon!
Second, talk about the topic with someone. Ask lots of simple questions.
For example: From the water primary science fair project idea...
What is water used for?
How can we get it?
How is all water the same?
These questions are just to get you started. They lead to the next step...
Third, develop an important question. This one is will be what your project is all about. Your whole project should have this idea in it. You should come up with a question that you can test. Write down this question because you'll need it later.
For example: From the evaporation science fair project idea...
Which will dry faster, a wadded cloth, one that is laid flat or a cloth hung on a clothesline?
Don't forget. Your whole project will use this question. So don't forget to write it down!
Fourth, guess the answer to the question. This is called the hypothesis. Don't let this word scare you. It only means the answer that you guessed about your important question. In fact you should write it down next to your important question. Don't change it! Even if during the experiment you think it's wrong, don't change it!
Fifth, list the things you need to test the question you have chosen. You will want to write this list. It serves two purposes...
First, you will use it later when you make a display.
Second, it helps make sure you don't forget something when you do the next steps.
For example: From the water primary science fair project...
3. Two types of water (salt and fresh water work great!)
4. Measuring cup
Sixth, gather the items on your list. If you think the project is too hard, this is where to stop and find another. Pretty much, you won't be able to look back from here.
Seventh, Test that important question. Do as much as safely possible having someone older help with anything that may be hard to do. Take lots of photos. You guessed right, you'll use them later.
Eighth, write the results. You will use them later as well.
Ninth, write the report. Do this the way your school requires. Pay special attention to the science fair guidelines you received. If you were not given specific requirements, write one or two paragraphs per grade level. If you need help, use some of these sentence starters.
My science fair project is about__.
I wanted to find out __.
I guessed __.
I tested it by___.
My guess was___.
Make sure to include at least one graph or chart if your project lets you do that. Judges love to see graphs and charts. So try to include one if at all possible.
Tenth, prepare the science fair project display. Now, gather everything you wrote down. Type or neatly copy the things you wrote. You will want to buy or make a display board that fits the dimensions your school requires. Make labels with the words "question," "hypothesis," "supplies," "test," "results," and "report" on them.
Practice different layouts. Find a layout that you like. Neatly attach the titles, pages, and photos to the science fair project display. Prepare any samples to set on the table in front of your display. If your school requires a speech, practice telling what you did several times. And enjoy the science fair. Be a good sportsman.
For layout ideas and display information click here.
That's about it. Click on the links below and you're on your way to a great primary science fair project idea!