What are uncommon science fair projects?
One of the problems that a lot of students face when they enter a science fair for the first time is that their project is just like a dozen other students’ projects. This happens because students generally focus on the same science concepts and issues, and because many students turn out basic projects that are based on previously entered projects. While this may be a disadvantage for most students you can turn it into your advantage by producing an uncommon science fair project.
Dispute Known “Facts”
A good way to develop an uncommon science fair project is to dispute an existing theory, such as global warming or evolution. In order for these types of projects to be effective you will need to present a counter-hypothesis and evidence that supports your position. For example, if you do not think that global warming is a real phenomenon then you will need to develop a counter-hypothesis, such as greenhouse gasses are not contributing to the warming of the earth. In order to test this hypothesis you will need to collect data that creates a time line for temperature trends on the earth, as well as data that outlines the production of greenhouse gases over the last several centuries.
Tackle Emerging Science
Another option that you have for producing uncommon science fair projects is to develop one around emerging science and technology. Here you will need to browse through science journals to find new discoveries in science, such as the newly discovered properties of super-cooled water which include both characteristics of solids and liquids. These projects will be unique because they deal with concepts that most students will not be aware of, and potentially concepts that will be novel to judges.
Use Your Sense of Humor
A lot of winning projects not only present good science, but they also present a humorous angle on that science. Humorous science fair projects can take an otherwise boring topic or science concept and turn it into something unique and uncommon. Humorous science fair projects can focus on anything from methane emissions to snot.
From Left Field
The final option for producing an uncommon science fair project is to approach a common science concept from a new angle. For example, you can approach the subject of botany from a communications angle. Here you will want to see if you can determine if plants communicate and if so how they communicate. You can even try to find a way to translate their communication system so that you can communicate with them or record their communications.