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# How much time does it take to complete a science fair project?

How much time does it take to complete a science fair project?

Time always seems to be a top priority for students that are working on a science fair project. However, it is difficult to calculate an exact amount of time that it will take to complete one of these projects. After all different students work at different rates.

Complexity of the Project

Usually the amount of time that a science fair project will take will be based primarily upon how complex the project is. Simple projects usually can be completed in a day or two, while more complex projects can actually span multiple school years. However, some simple projects can actually take a lot of time because of the time needed for an experiment to be completed.

Experiment Design and Timing

Experiments also determine how much time a student will need in order to complete their science fair project. For example, if you are interested in crystal growing science fair projects then the time needed will span at least a week and potentially longer than a month depending on the type of crystal that is being grown or the size of the final crystal that is desired. Other experiments may only take a few minutes to complete, such as time trials of RC cars or even rats running a maze.

Student Effort and Pacing

Student effort is another factor that is going to impact how long a science fair project will take to complete. Students that only want to put in the minimum amount of effort to meet their class requirements may only spend a day working on their projects while students that want to win the science fair may put in several months of work. The speed that students work will also impact the amount of time that a project takes. Students that work efficiently will spend less time than those students that work less efficiently.

The Timing of a Science Fair Project

To determine how much time that a science fair project will take in order to complete the student needs to break down their project. This breakdown will usually follow the turn in deadlines provided to them by their teacher. The student will then need to budget a specific amount of time for each part of the assignment, such as 30 minutes to develop a topic, 30 minutes to develop a hypothesis, three hours to conduct background research, two weeks to collect data, two hours to write the report and two hours to complete the visual display board.