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.

    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
    "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. - Science Fair Help
    Articles for parents and kids on how to start and complete science fair projects.

    Experimental Science Projects: An Introductory Level Guide
    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
    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
    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
    Carefully explains how to do a science project and why they are important.

    Dr. Shawn's 10 Easy Steps to Science Fair Success
    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?