Science fair project using water

If you love playing in water, you'll love this science fair project using water! We'll be talking about what water does when it freezes. We'll write down information, make graphs and do all kinds of cool stuff here. And it's really easy! Here's what you need to do to do this science fair project using water...

Time - You could probably do this one in one weekend.

Stuff List

You'll need...

1. Twelve (12) ice cubes (of course.)
2. Six (6) clear glasses
3. Sunny window sill
4. Dark place
5. Warm place
6. Camera
7. Cardboard and supplies for display (three sided)
8. Something to write with
9. Graph paper
10. Writing paper


Preparation

It's always important to ask questions in science. And science fair projects using water are no different. So...

...let's ask some questions about water and ice.

Here are some important questions to get you started. These aren't the most important question, though. We'll ask that one later.

See if you can add to this list for this science fair project using water.

Where do we see ice? When do we see ice? What do you think makes ice?What does ice feel like?

Try to answer these as best you can.

Now...

We ask the most important question...

What cause ice to melt?

This is a good question because we can try it out in any room with a sunny window. But don't try it yet. We need to answer our important question first!

Let's do that now.

What do you think will happen?

Write it down on a piece of paper. Don't change it until after you see what the ice does.

Now it's time to get your stuff from the list above. Let's move to the next step.


Project

Now comes the fun part...

...let's do this science fair project using water! Place two ice cubes in each glass something like this...

Ice!

Next, place two of your glasses in a sunny window sill. Place two of them in a dark place. And place two of them in a well lighted place but away from the window. Here are some ideas...

Warm and cold!



Coool!



Set a timer for 15 minutes. When the timer goes off, check the ice cubes in each set of glasses to see how they're doing. Repeat this step three more times.

You may want to write down times on a piece of paper. List "15 Minutes," "30 Minutes," "45 Minutes" and "1 Hour" on your piece of paper. Write down what you see the ice cubes doing in each place each time your timer goes off.

And take lots of pictures! Pictures prove you did it all yourself!


Paper

Alright...

...let's make a chart!

Make the chart by carefully drawing three columns for the three sets of glasses. Try to be as neat as possible! On the left side write numbers representing the times given above. Your graph should look like this...

Chart!!

For help with charts or graphs, go to this page and find easy instructions and great ideas!

It's time to tell what you've noticed. Write a report about what you saw with your science fair project using water.

You should include...

1. What you guessed about the ice.
2. What you did with the ice.
3. Which ice melted the fastest.
4. If your guess was correct about the ice.

Be careful to obey all the school rules for your science fair report. Three or four sentences will do if you weren't given how long it should be.


Presentation

Now you get to make the display!

Carefully put three pieces of cardboard together so it looks like this...

Blank display

If you want more information about displays click here.

You can buy displays at many retail stores as well. However you do it, make sure you follow science fair rules!

Now, on a piece of paper neatly write your important question and your guess. If you would like, type it on a computer. You might get style points!

Now, just like you did your important question, write (or type) your supply list on a separate piece of paper.

Paste your guess, supply list and report onto your display board along with any pictures you might have taken. Make sure you label each so the judges know what is what. Making sure everything looks good is important!

If you want to get some ideas for your display we have some examples for you. Just click here for examples of displays that will work well with any science fair project using water.

Try playing with some of the display ideas you see. You don't have to use the exact ones we use. Make them fun! Be creative!

And don't forget to name your project at the top of the display board. You may want to use your important question as the title. You may want to purchase stencils to make cutouts of letters for this. Or you may purchase already made letters at many retail stores.

As with any science fair project using water, have fun!


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