Science Project Ideas & the Scientific Method

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Science fair projects are based on the scientific method. Students formulate a hypothesis and predict the outcome before performing the experiment. The test results support or refute the hypothesis.

Type of Competition

Science fair competitions may involve students from preschool to high school age and may be local, regional, state or national contests. The rules vary among the competitions and the science fair project is designed with the rules in mind.

Science Fair Ideas

Students design science fair projects to examine a testable question. The experiment uses available equipment or tools and is safe to perform. Topics range from agriculture to zoology. "Does organic matter affect the water-holding capacity of soil?" is a testable question. Building a model of a volcano is not.

Project Format

Students create a title, develop a question, write a hypothesis, make a list of materials and outline the test procedures. They then perform the experiment, tally the data and explain the results.

Display

Often science fair projects are presented on a tri-fold cardboard display board. Laboratory notes and a detailed laboratory report are usually included with the display.

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About the Author

Kim Dieter has taught agriscience classes, developed curriculum and participated in the school accreditation process at the secondary and community college levels since 1980. She holds a Master of Science degree from the University of California, Davis, in animal science.

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