As a science teacher, you may be frustrated by the science fair project ideas your kids come up with. Not only are their science fair topics far-fetched and difficult to complete you’re not sure what they will really learn from them. With some guidance from you, your elementary students can choose simple, yet fun, science experiments and easy science fair projects that are sure to be a big hit with parents and administration, making your elementary science fair a big success
Science Buddies provides a cool topic selection wizard to help kids choose topics that they are likely to enjoy. It does involve completing a survey and the reading level of the questions may be a bit difficult for young elementary students. This is a great time to involve parents or volunteers to assist children in filling out the survey. Be sure that the grade level is selected prior to completing the survey.
All Science Fair Projects is a good resource for projects and includes links to science fairs and science related information. It is a bit difficult to maneuver and you must browse through the projects to find the appropriate grade level. This one takes a bit of time, but is worth the effort for children who have a basic idea of what are looking for.
Home Science Tools offers some interesting science fair project ideas with clear easy to follow instructions. The advantage to this site is that it provides links to science kits and supplies needed to complete the projects. It is a bit commercialized, but is worth the time to explore.
Kids Space, part of the Internet Public Library, provides an excellent Guide to Science Fair Projects that includes information on choosing a topic, the scientific method, developing research questions and much more. It provides links to outside science resources, science fair project ideas, and completed projects. This is a great source of information for you and your students.
Science Fair Sanity provides information about choosing topics, presenting results, and finding resources. It is easy to navigate and is broken down by grade level making it easy to find a suitable project for any child or grade level. It also provides great resources for science teachers and parents and provides information on finding judges and promoting your science fair.
Providing elementary students and parents with quality resources for fun and easy science fair projects is the first step in running a successful science fair. When elementary kids have access to projects that are age appropriate and engaging, completing the project is fun and educational too. Take the time to browse these Science fair sites and send the links home to parents.