Projects usually involve testing a hypothesis, solving some relevant problem or answering questions. Parents or teachers usually help them with their projects. By the time, most of them have a good understanding of basic scientific concepts. They, however, might require help with presentation, organization and actual application of concepts and methods. When your aim is to develop a successful project, the first and most important thing to do is to find an idea that is interesting and will make for an impressive and creative project.
Projects do not have to be too complex or detailed. Simple, fun projects can also fetch good marks as long as they are presented well. Here are some ideas:
1) Do seeds germinate if soaked in liquids other than water? You can try soaking seeds in juice, milk, vinegar, etc., and report your findings at the science fair. This is a fun and safe.
2) Do full-fat and fat-free versions of foods taste different? This is another safe project and involves tasting full-fat and fat-free versions of common foods like butter and ice cream to find out if they taste different or not. Report your findings in the form of a chart for added marks.
3) Do crawling insects have a preference for direction? Catch and release ants, cockroaches or other crawling insects and study their movement. Do they all go in one direction? Is there a common trend? Report back the movement trends that you notice. This needs to be done in the supervision of a parent or teacher.
4) Does addition of sugar or salt prevent water from freezing? Does water mixed with soda and/or chemical compounds freeze slower? Study the effects and report your findings at the fair. This is one of the simplest nprojects and can be done in as less as 24 hours.
5) Which type of water is best for plants? Is rainwater better than tap water? Study the effects of tap water and rainwater or two separate plants and report your findings. This is one of the easiest.
It is important to ensure that they are simple yet interesting. The projects also need to be fun so that it is not all about learning. When picking a project, always try and pick something that is interesting as well as fun. They are not just a chance for you to showcase your knowledge of scientific concepts, but also your creativity. If you are a teacher or parent, always choose projects that are completely safe so that kids do not end up hurting themselves in any way. There are tons of safe, fun and interesting projects
that are sure to fetch good marks.