Science Fair Project Ideas

Looking for cool science fair project ideas? Or a science project idea for class? Not sure how to start? You've found the help you need.

Science Fair Project Ideas

Read on, or pick a particular area of interest to advance to: Ideas: How to Get StartedDo What you LikeAsk Yourself QuestionsFrom Hobby to Project, or move on to Pick Your Topic

Ideas: How to Get Started

If you would like a quick walkthrough on how to come up with a great idea for your project and how to make it happen then read on. If, on the other hand, you would like to take a look at some science fair project ideas right away then pick an idea category to your left to get started.

If you are here, that probably means you're either stuck and don't have an idea to go on, or what you've come up with just doesn't seem that exciting to you.

It's ok! Coming up with good science fair project ideas can be difficult, but fortunately it's very doable. We're going to find your motivation - help you figure out how to approach the project so it's more fun and less work.

You just need the right approach and someone to give you a nudge now and again. We'll give you both! If you need a free science fair project idea, we have those and some advice on how to make it your own.

By the way, you may notice that most of this web site refers to science fair projects but not science projects - do not worry, the information is equally applicable to science projects as well. 

Do What you Like

If you're stuck, you're probably spending most of your 'thought time' on the fact that you don't have good science fair project ideas in mind! Relax - the best way to come up with ideas is to think about what you like. What do we mean by that?

Well - let's take an example: let's say that you were assigned to do anegg science project. This might seem kind of silly at first - I mean it's just an egg right? But given a little thought, you might become interested in the fact that eggs have great structural strength. I mean, have you ever tried to crush one lengthwise between your fingers? It's pretty strong!

You might be thinking: "So what, an egg is strong; how does that a science fair project make?" We wont kid you by saying you could make a truly cool project using this fact on it's own. But: you could take this fact and extrapolate some consequences.

What do we mean by that? Well, let me put it to you this way. We know that something about the egg makes it a strong container - something that can hold the contents and not break under significant pressure. Let's ask this question: could you come up with a material and design that could do the same kind of job?

If you tried this, you might find that it's not an easy task! And guess what? If you came this far and experimented with the egg a bit, you have come up with about half of your project. Don't believe us? Check the scientific method and see how much of it you used to develop the idea about the egg and it's structural properties. Science fair project ideas do not have to be big glamorous affairs to be cool and exciting. 

Ask Yourself Questions

There are, of course, many more aspects of a simple egg that could be the basis of an experiment: Why is it shaped the way it is? What is the shell made out of? What happens if it's subject to a chemical change, like being submerged in vinegar for a long time? All of these questions will lead to interesting Science fair project ideas in their own right if taken far enough.

Now, you could be asking: "Ok, so now I know how to start a project on eggs - but what about other stuff?", good question! The answer lies with curiosity. What we mean is this: if you ask enough questions about something, you're bound to find something interesting about it! 

tornado science project

Science fair project ideas come from asking questions about how things work, or why they are the way they are, and then applying the scientific method to get real and useful information. Ever wondered how tornadoes worked? You might like doing a tornado science project. 

Here are some sample questions to get you started:

  • What is this made of?
  • How did it form?
  • What can this be used for?
  • Is this created by a natural process or by humans?
  • Why is it this particular color/texture?
  • Does it float or sink? Why?

These are just a few questions that could apply to almost anything. You will no doubt be able to come up with more, especially if you have something that you like in mind. 

From Hobby to Project

Now: what if you still don't have any science fair project ideas? We have good news for you: science, at its very base, is about understanding how things work. Science is all around you - if can look critically at what is around you and try to divine the truth about it, you will have begun the process of science. 

solar system science project

How does this help? Easy! Do you have a hobby? Do you enjoy doing something? If you do (and I'm sure there is something you really enjoy), then you already have an idea for a project - you just don't know it yet. For instance - ever like looking up at the stars? You might enjoy doing a solar system science project. 

Get curious about your hobby! If you like to surf, you might be curious how a wave propels you and your board through the water. If like flowers, you might be curious why they bloom and have such lovely fragrances. Like car races? Ever wonder how the gasoline makes the car move?

The key lies in asking questions! Ask enough of them with the firm desire to understand and you will get ideas for a science project. Have some fun with this! Science is not dry at all if approached in the right way.

Still stumped? The USGS has science fair project ideas all about earthquakes!

Doing your project can be an arduous and time consuming process that can seem to drag on forever - but only if you choose to approach it from a dreary perspective! Try jotting down all the science fair project ideas that come to you as you go through this process. Choose well, something you enjoy, and get curious about it. Do this, and you will find yourself wanting to work on your project and before you know it, it will be done! 

Pick Your Topic

Went through a few science fair project ideas? Got one you like? An area of interest or a hobby? Good: then you're ready to pick a topic.

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