To start with you will want to think about what topics are hot right now. To find hot science topics read through this year’s newspaper headlines. Also, Science Daily has a page that lists the top science news for the week. Another idea is to go to Super Science Fair Projects and look through the Categories of Science tap in the top menu. The science fair kits address top interest features at science fairs.
Identify the issues that made the news more than once. For example, alternative fuels were big this last year, as were the issues related to global warming. Pollution is a huge issue do to the deadline that the world has before it will start becoming inhabitable for human beings, plants and animals. Create a list of hot topics to conduct further research on.
As you research your hot topics you will want to start segregating your topics into two categories, interested in and not interested in. The topics that just don’t peak your interest you will want to file under not interested in. These are the topics that you will not be developing into a science fair project. However, the topics that are filed under “interested in” will be further developed.
With a short list of possible topics to work with, your next step is to narrow this list down to a single topic. To do this you will want to select the topic that has the most potential to be developed into a unique and interesting project. Try to avoid topics that have been selected by other people in your school, or topics that you know have been over done. However, if all you are left with are highly used topics you can still create a unique project by applying that topic to a unique question or problem. Be sure to keep.
- After you develop ideas for science fairs, be sure to keep it in a safe place for future reference. Also, to get ideas and all the steps to the scientific method, look at Student’s Guide to Science Fair Projects or Student’s Science Fair Guide to the Engineering Design Process.
- If you school allows you to work on a team, call one or two friends and asked if they would be interested in doing a science fair project with you.