Getting Started

  • 1. Getting Started

    Before you get started, you probably need to know more about what a science fair or project is all about. Of course, I can tell you more about the science fair at Dayton Avenue School, but the sites on this page can explain what science fairs are all about.

    Cool-Science-Projects
    http://www.cool-science-projects.com/index.html
    Superb advice for every aspect of a science fair project: topic ideas, research, data recording, display making, and more! Everything is presented in a step-by-step guide. There are also project ideas for all grade levels.

    Discovery Channel School: Science Fair Central
    http://school.discoveryeducation.com/sciencefaircentral/Getting-Started.html
    "A science project is like a mystery in which you are the detective searching for answers." Janice VanCleave helps you turn from science gumshoe to super sleuth and explains each step, from research to presentation.

    Education.com - Science Fair Help
    http://www.education.com/science-fair/help-child-with-science-fair-projects/
    Articles for parents and kids on how to start and complete science fair projects.

    Experimental Science Projects: An Introductory Level Guide
    http://www.miniscience.com/SciProjIntro.asp
    Not sure how to plan your project? Peter Macinnis covers every step. Also, scroll to the bottom and find a long list of topic ideas.

    Science Fair Primer
    http://users.rcn.com/tedrowan/primer.html
    Learn here how to do many important steps in your project, from developing a purpose and designing an experiment, to analyzing your data and writing a research report.

    Science Project Guidelines
    http://www.fathermag.com/904/science/guidelines.shtml
    Having judged science fairs for many years, Kennedy Space Center scientist Elizabeth Stryjewski knows the common mistakes students make in their science investigations.

    A Student’s Guide
    http://www.ag.ncat.edu/extension/programs/dte/science.pdf
    Carefully explains how to do a science project and why they are important.

    Dr. Shawn's 10 Easy Steps to Science Fair Success
    http://www.scifair.org/articles/steps.shtml
    Dr. Shawn lists ten steps to a good science fair project, including a detailed outline for planning your experiment. Notice how "planning" and "preparing" are the most detailed steps?