The Internet really is a great tool for students who are attempting a new science fair project this year.
While students are familiar with most of these resources, they may not be aware of the new resource known as Pinterest.
If you are a student who is just starting a science fair journey, then these ideas are for you.
Learn the Steps
If this is your first science fair, then a good first step is to use Pinterest to learn how to do a science fair project. Pinterest offers great instructions on how to select a topic, what steps are required to complete a science fair project and what elements your project needs to include.
The image above shows you some of the different types of boards. Each board can have as few as one source for you to follow to get get help for your science fair project, and up to 1000s of resources.
Take It Step by Step
After you have learned about how to complete a science fair project, you can then use Pinterest to flesh out your understanding of each step of these projects. For example, you can use Pinterest boards to learn how to select a good topic for a project and even how to write up your report.
Find a Topic
One of the benefits offered by Pinterest is that it provides information that is both contemporary and topical to modern concerns. These are two factors that impact the quality of a topic selected for a science fair project. By browsing through the latest Pinterest boards, you can figure out what issues are currently important to society and what issues are going to carry the most weight with judges.
Access Winning Science Fair Projects
Look at the above image. It shows you different images, explanations and links to individual science fair projects, experiments and ideas.
One of the best ways to develop a winning science fair project is to review past science fair projects that have won prizes. This process will allow you to identify how much work is necessary to win a science fair, what types of topics are currently drawing the most positive attention and what topics are being worn out. The key to winning a science fair is to create a topical, but original project.
Learn What Not to Do
While most students are going to use the Internet to identify information that tells them what to do, it is also important to learn what not to do. For example, it is important to not replicate science fair projects that are posted only verbatim. This sets you up for academic failure and poor scores at a science fair. Another thing that you do not want to do is to select a topic that is outdated or that has been used by millions of students, i.e. the science fair volcano model.
The SciFair Lady On Pinterest has over 73 boards, over 2,831 pins with more added every day. That means that both teachers, parents and students have access to unlimited resources to help you with your science fair project. There is also a board on <>i>How To Teach Students To Do a Science Fair Project and another board, Teacher Science Resources. Within each board are images and links that take you to literally thousands of ideas, experiments and projects.
Hydrogarden science fair projects are among the things that make science fun and interesting.
It is entirely easy to start this kind of project.
As a matter of fact, even students in grade school can do it and they will definitely have a great learning experience.
A Set of Simple Ideas to Start With
When contemplating a science fair project it is important to use plants to grow in a way that it will have relevance to the investigator’s lifestyle.
The use of crops that the investigator and his or her family enjoy is a good place to start. Plants that require the least amount of space like those that need only 1 sqm to 2 sqm to grow (e.g. tomato, cucumber, cabbage, beans, broccoli, peas and squash) are good to consider.
Available materials other than the usual ones used as growing medium can be taken into account too. One can use fabric, saw dust, or oasis cubes to replace the usual water and paper towels.
Ornamental water-thriving low maintenance plants can be good plant choices for these hydrogarden science fair projects too. Lilies with bi-colored leaves, water cabbage, soft rush and the beautiful graceful cattail are great plant ideas.
Whether one chooses crops over ornamental plants for hydrogarden science projects both choices will equally be fun and beneficial for science learning. It can, as a matter of fact, spark any learner’s interest in the field of hydroponics and botany.
Hydrogarden Science Fair Projects: A Set of Simple Variables to Work on
For these set of experiment ideas, one will use 1 type of plant to grow. Let’s use lettuce as an example. The following will then be our variables:
- Type of medium- water, oasis cubes, sphagnum moss, perlite and fabric. Be sure your plant will thrive on all of your chosen growing media.
- Amount and type of light- natural light (hydrogarden science fair projects set up will be placed outdoors or on the window,) white light bulb, yellow light bulb.
- CO2 Supply- regularly blow air onto the reservoir of chosen sets and do not do anything to the rest of the sets
- Type of nutrient solution- DIY hydrogarden nutrient solution, store-bought nutrient solution, organic plant food
The sets of variables can be altered to do adjust to the type of plant chosen by the investigator. Also, these variable sets can be altered so the hydrogarden science fair projects will be performed in accordance to the data and the information gathered from research in the stage of hypotheses building.
Hydrogarden At Chicago Botanical Gardens
Well it has finally happened. After years of searching space for possible earth-like planets, a couple have been found. The tool used to find these new planets was the Kepler Space Telescope. What this indicates is that earth-like conditions are possible on other planets, however, size alone does not indicate the possibility of life.
In addition to having the right size for supporting life on an alien planet, the right chemical properties are also necessary. For example, on earth we know that life needs oxygen and water, therefore, we assume that life on other planets will also need these chemical components. However, recent findings on the planet earth also found life being supported on other chemical foundations. Extremophiles found in the darkness of deep oceans, are living off of silicates and other chemical bases.
Temperature also plays an important role in the likelihood that life exists on other planets. The “Goldilocks Zone” is a term that is used to describe the temperature range that can support life. The temperature cannot be too cold or too hot. It has to be “just right.” To ensure the right mixture of hot and cold, the planet has to orbit so that its entire surface is exposed to periods of star thermal energy and deep space coolness. It also means that the planet cannot be too close or too far away from the star that it orbits.
With all of these requirements it is easy to see why so many scientists do not think that life on other planets is probable. However, if life can survive in non-earth-like conditions then the probability of life increases. For this year’s astronomy science fair project, think about what life would be like if it evolved in an environment unlike what is found on earth. What physical adaptations would be necessary?
A great holiday activity is to go for a nature walk. Nature Walk Kits by Young Scientists will provide you with what you need to explore nature at any time of the year. Learn about what animals and plants thrive in the winter and compare your results to data collected during the spring and summer.
Entertaining your kids over the holidays does not have to be a chore. Check out Young Scientists sets for ideas on science experiments and projects you can complete as a family or as individuals. What science concepts are your kids interested in? Chances are there is a Young Scientist kit that will cover it.