Summer time is a great time to start planning for the spring science fairs. By starting now you can gather data and information that can later be compared and analyzed, making your day and night, time, and season science project the best it can be. For instance, if doing a project about day and night you can start making notes on when the sun/moon rises and sets during the summer then compare it to fall, winter, and spring. Or you could make notes on the difference between the position of the sun/moon when it rises/set in summer vs. winter. These could also be used to start a time science project comparing the exact time of rise/set and how long the day/night is at different times of the year. They could also be used to make a science project about different seasons in the year, noting temperature difference or precipitation difference.
There are a couple great articles posted to educationbug.org this week that can give you even more ideas on how to expand on these ideas. There is a specific article relating to Precipitation Science Projects which gives step by step instructions on making a rain gauge. You could use this to compare rainfall in each season or day vs. night.
Summer is not over and many of you may still be looking forward to one last vacation before school starts again. Vacations can be a great opportunity to get ideas for your next science fair project, or even get started on your next project. If you are headed to the lake or the ocean you may want to consider an Earth Science Project, you can take samples of water, rocks, or soil to use and evaluate later. Or if you are going to the mountains or the zoo you can always gather information to create a great Animal or Zoology Science Project. Click on either of the links in this paragraph for more great ideas in these categories, or go to Science Projects for many other great ideas that you may be able to incorporate with your plans for the remainder of the summer vacation.
We have recently added two more science project articles to educationbug.org. The first, Make Salt Crystals gives great hints and tips for all ages. These are simple, easy to use ideas for creating salt crystal science projects. In this article, you will also find instructions for making sugar crystals. Why not make both and then compare the two?
The second science project article is on magnets, electricity, and energy, here you will find ideas for science projects in all of these categories. The projects are divided into categories by grade, simple projects for 1st-4th grades, moderate for 5th-8th grade, and more complex ideas for 9th-12th grade. The ideas in this article are a great way to test your knowledge and help you learn more about magnets, electricity, and energy. You may even find your next science fair project in one of these science project articles.