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SCIENCE FAIRS: GENERAL INFORMATION
Cyber Fair: Steps to Prepare a Science Fair Project
This site has one sentence explanations of each part of a science fair. One of the steps described is presenting your project to an audience. This site also has an explanation of what makes a good project and an explanation of how to come up with your own science fair project.
Discovery Channel School: Science Fair Central
"Creative investigations into the real world." This site provides a complete guide to science fair projects. Check out the "Handbook" which features information from Janice Van Cleave, a popular author who provides everything you need to know for success. You can even send her a question about your project.
More Science Projects with Instructions
Science Fair Projects for all levels. They have hundreds of ideas for every science topic, from Astronomy to Zoology!
Successful Science Fair Projects
A successful science fair project does not have to be expensive or even terribly time-consuming. However, it does require some planning and careful thought. This site will help in planning.
SCIENCE FAIRS: PROJECTS
Perform cool science experiments. Learn ho to make your own paper, built a spaghetti structure, grow mold on bread (yuck), create a "square" bubble- and lots more! You can send in your own science experiment ideas, too. Many are good for younger students.
Agricultural Ideas for Science Fair Projects
Agriculture doesn't have its own category in science fairs, but it is a part of many of the "official" categories. Here, we've put together a few basic ideas of agricultural science projects you can do. Use these ideas as a jumping-off place for coming up with your own project.
How to Get Started
Guides you through the steps of picking a topic, including how to narrow down your focus. Also, the site includes "Ways to find project ideas along with some simple exercises in how to frame your idea into a research question."
Exploratorium: The Science Explorer
From blowing, bouncing, bursting bubbles to dramatic static, this site tells you what you need, what to do, as well as explaining what's going on.
Reeko's Mad Scientist Lab
Want to have some fun with science? Get a parent to help ou and you can do some cool experiments with Reeko the Mad Scientist. Experiments are labeled Easy, Intermediate, and Advanced.
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Just like the TV Show!
Botany Encyclopedia of Plants and Botanical Dictionary
This site provides information regarding the general description of plants and includes a dictionary of botanical words.
"Scorecard provides detailed information on more than 6,800 chemicals, including all the chemicals used in large amounts in the United States and all the chemicals regulated under major environmental laws. You can search for information by typing in the chemical's name."
EurekAlert: Reference Desk
Index of links to glossaries or dictionaries from various scientific areas, provided by government, academic, research-oriented, and professional organizations. Includes agriculture, biology, computers, engineering, environmental and earth sciences, mathematics, health, physics, and space sciences.
MAD Scientist Library
"Welcome to the MadScientist Library, an excellent starting point for exploring science resources on the WWW."
Neuroscience for Kids
This web site was created for K-12 students who would like to learn about the brain and spinal cord. A wonderful site with lots of hands-on activities to explore the nervous system.
This site was developed by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to encourage elementary school age children to learn about the environment.
Hands-on Science Centers Worldwide
This page contains pointers to public museums around the world with a strong emphasis on interactive science education.
Periodic Table of the Elements
Click on individual squares to learn more about each element. Includes information concerning the discovery of each element and current uses. Science Made Simple
"These interactive pages make conversions between different unit measurements, both Metric and English"
Science Terminology Glossary
"Stumble across a term that's confusing? Found a word that you have no idea what it means (what is a thingamajig anyway)? Here's Reeko's Mad Scientist Lab's extensive scientific glossary.
Animal Diversity Web Site
Run a search for an animal and all files with that name appear. Choose an animal and the classification, physical traits, behavior and environment are given. Pictures and sounds are included if your computer can provide it.
Welcome to the Geology Wing
"Exploring this series of exhibits will take you on a journey through the history of the Earth, with stops at particular points in time to examine the fossil record and stratigraphy."
"A comprehensive on-line hypertext book about dinosaurs." Covers such things as classification, anatomy, behavior, extinction, fossils, and more.
The Internet Public Library
Access resources and references all from one site
The National Library of Medicine's interactive learning site for 7-10 year old kids. It provides a fun, game-like experience while introducing potential environmental health hazards sometimes found in the home.
ASK AN EXPERT
Have a question? Try one of these sites where you can get the answers!
Ask a Geologist
The scientists at United States Geological Survey's Ask a Geologist have answered over 2000 questions about topics such as earthquakes and volcanoes. Look through their frequently asked questions. You can also send your own earth science questions and a USGS earth scientist will answer it in a few days, or offer referrals to other resources.
Ask a Scientist (MAD) Scientist Network
If you have a science question, just ask the members of the Mad Scientist Network at the Washington University. The MSN describes itself as "a collective cranium of scientist from around the world." Who are happy to answer your science questions.
Ask Dr. Math
"Ask Dr. Math is a question and answer service for K-12 math students and their teachers. A searchable archive is available by level and topic, as well as summaries of Frequently Asked Questions."
Pitsco's Ask an Expert
"Ask an Expert connects you with hundreds of real world experts, ranging from astronauts to zookeepers."
TIPS FOR PRESENTING YOUR WORK
Finally, you have found the answers and you are ready to write your paper, make your exhibit, and prepare for your presentation. Here are a few tips and tricks from the experts to help you polish your act. Good luck on your project!
How to Display Results
Whether you are doing a backboard, a presentation, or a paper this site has it all.
Science Fair Central: The display
"Your science fair display represents all the work that you have done." Visit this site to get helpful hints, as well as some dos and don'ts.