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Most students love a change of pace. Sitting in a classroom day after day can become tiresome and predictable, so it’s up to you to keep things fresh and exciting for your students. As a science teacher, you are liable to fall into a comfortable rut, teaching out of a textbook and getting things done the easy way. But we all know that what differentiates the good teachers from the great is the ability to get your students thinking and doing.
One way to attract your students to the study of science is to sprinkle in fun and easy science projects for your students to get their hands dirty with. A science fair is a great way to teach your students about long-term investment in a project and about the proper application of the scientific method. To help you out, we put together a list of five great science projects; some are award-winning science fair projects, others are just a great way to get your students excited about the world of science.
More often than not, students are able to glean the most valuable knowledge from lessons that draw on aspects of their lives that are tangible — for example, roofs. In this project, the students investigate the influence of roof color on the energy efficiency of homes in their neighborhood. This project won first prize in the 2010 Canada-Wide Virtual Science Fair and can be modified to match the appropriate grade level of your students.
Once a student’s imagination is piqued, there’s no guessing what he or she will think of next. In this case, our young scientist displays her winning middle school science fair project. Clearly, this winner was endowed with a healthy imagination as well as a thirst for scientific knowledge. In the experiment, the student tells us how she was able to harness the power of electricity to create an uncommon mechanism for flight. And although you don’t actually get to see her prototype lift off, she has all the equipment and some good pictures of the flight. Her project displays a mastery of difficult scientific concepts but can certainly be re-purposed for any classroom setting. It can also be offered as an idea for a challenging, yet extremely rewarding, science fair project. All in all, this is a great project for your students who love science and whose imaginations you hope to spark.
Want a great science project for Halloween season? Or maybe you have a student who’s into monsters and ghosts, and is looking for a fun and easy science fair project. This video clip features a scientist father with his inquisitive son. Together they show us how sound wave frequencies affect and alter the physical qualities of a cornstarch-and-water mixture. The experiment is aptly titled, and the payoff at the end is actually quite entertaining. This will surely get your class excited about understanding the science behind the monster. Some uncommon equipment is required to do this experiment properly.
Global Warming in a Jar
It sounds strange, but creating “global warming in a jar” is an excellent way to teach the science behind an extremely topical subject to your students. You may not be able to fit the globe in a jar, but you will be able to mimic the way gasses interact with infrared light to create the greenhouse effect that has caused an environmental and political maelstrom within the past decade. The experiment itself is simple enough, although it requires some uncommon equipment. It would make an excellent science fair project or in-class activity.
Algae and Biofuel
In this YouTube clip, we are introduced to a Canada-Wide Science Fair winner in eight grade. Her story does not just give you a good idea for a rather advanced science project; it serves to show you that students truly have infinite potential. A student like this one should be an inspiration not only to your students, but to you as a teacher. She is smart, eloquent and interested in the science that she researched. Teachers with accelerated students should use this project, which deals with growing algae (a process that can be done safely and simply at home or in the classroom), if they want to give their students a feel for serious application of the scientific method. This is a far cry from a cornstarch monster.