Did you know that nearly a third of all bottled drinking water purchased in the US is contaminated with bacteria? You can find out for yourself doing a water microbes science fair project!
As we come to the end of the year it is only normal to ponder what was accomplished during the last year and what the new year will bring. This is also the time of year when many teachers think about how they can help their students reach their academic goals by the end of the year. After all the school year is nearly half over and summer vacation or graduation will be here before you realize it. Over the last few days of your winter break think about what science events have shaped our world and think about the science issues that will most like influence the coming year.
This year in science the hot topic was global warming. It is clear that our world is undergoing a major shift in climate and weather patterns. However, it is still not clear if this change is caused by the phenomenon of global warming, if it has been caused by natural patterns of climate change, or if it has been caused by a combination of manmade and natural factors. No matter why it is happening, it is happening, and this is the generation that has to learn how to deal with the problems that come along with these changes.
In the year 2008, global warming will most likely stay a hot science issue. However, because it is also an election year, other science issues dealing with genetic experimentation, stem cell research and alternative energy development will also receive a lot of attention. As you plan your lessons for the last four to five months of school, try working in these hot topics into your curriculum.
While ringing in the New Year think about easy science fair projects and school science fair projects that your students can complete before the end of the school year. Try to focus your science fair projects on issues that are important to modern life. Have a great New Year!
While many students may not think much about poop, it is actually an interesting compound made up of food waste, bacteria and digestive enzymes. Poop’s composition is based on what the animal that produced it ate. Animals that are carnivores or omnivores have poop that has more nitrogen and odor producing molecules then the poop of herbivores do and because of this it smells a lot more and it is slower to degrade. Because of these facts it does not make a good compost material. Herbivore poop, on the other hand, is comprised of organic materials that break down quickly. It, therefore, makes a great composting material.
Students, or classrooms, that are studying ecosystems, biodegradability and/or environment issues, may want to explore the fascinating world of poop. Projects on this subject can range from ways to overcome the obstacles of using carnivore poop for compost to determining which types of plants prefer carnivore poop to herbivore poop. You can also design a project that looks at how much poop is produced in a given area based on the number dogs, cats, birds and humans.
Finding ways to handle waste products like poop is important for many reasons. First of all, healthy alternatives to old sludge ponds are needed to keep our communities safe from biological hazards. Next we don’t want to walk in a park filled with doggie landmines. Finally, starting a discussion with your students about managing pet poop can be used as a lead in to discussions about other waste science issues like landfills, recycling and the strategy of “reduce, reuse and recycle.”
As an educator you can introduce interesting topics like the science of poop to your students through easy science fair projects or science experiments. These in-class projects can then be used to inspire award winning science fair projects.
Creating a lesson plan is the foundation for developing a quality educational program. A great lesson plan needs to meet the three “Es” of teaching, educate, engage and entertain. Lesson plans that do not incorporate all three of these Es are less effective than those that do. Fortunately there are simple and cheap methods that you can use to ensure that your science lesson plans are educational, engaging and entertaining.
In-class science projects are a great way to educate, entertain and engage your students. I have found that hands-on demonstrations that explore science concepts help students to understand the concept better because it makes the abstract concept more concrete for the student.
For example, learning about electricity by reading about it can be difficult for students to understand because it deals with a lot of intangible abstract elements. However, during an electricity science experiment the students can see the cause and effect relationships between electrons, conductors and resistors by examining the effects of the application of electricity to various materials and set ups.
Infusing a lesson plan with science is easy to do. First I would recommend researching the science fair project topic that you will be covering online. Government sites provide a lot of great free teaching materials including science experiment ideas, multimedia presentations and activities.
Next, experiment on your own to develop a project or development that your students will be able to understand that they will enjoy. Finally, put together a learning packet to explain the main science concepts that will be covered by the science experiment. This will provide students with the information that they need to participate in the experiment or demonstration.
Enrich your lesson plans with projects that explore the scientific method for kids. These science experiments will improve the quality of your classroom demonstrations and help you reach your kids. Get more information now by visiting Super Science Fair Projects now!
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