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     •     To check out over 50 science websites to help with your research, click here.


     •     To learn more about The Scientific Method, click here.


     •     For a website with science fair ideas about plants, click here.


     •     For The Discovery Channel's science fair web site, click here.


Helpful links:

National Science Teacher's Association - Recommended Web Sites

\Science Buddies - Great Site For Educators, Teachers, and Students

\Virtual Science Fair Library - Index to Science Fairs Throughout U.S. And The World

\Internet Public Library - From University of Michigan, Offers Annotated List of Fair Related Sites

\Internet Public Library - Resources, Ideas, Guidelines, etc.

LSU Chemistry Library - Science Fair Internet Resources

\The Math Forum - Math Ideas for Science Fair Projects

\Agriculture Ideas - Numerous Agriculture Related Project Ideas

National Student Research Center - E-Journals of Student Research ( Excellent Idea Source)

Microbiology Ideas - From Micrology Labs

\Super Science Fair Projects - A lot of very good information

\Tesla Coils, Tesla Coils, Tesla Coils - For Those Planning To Construct A Coil

NEED Science Fair Projects For Kids - Energy Related Projects

DiscoverySchool.Com - Science Fair Central by Discovery.com

\101Science.com - Science Journal Links - Free and Online



Other Science Competitions

\JSHS - Junior Science Humanities Symposium (Contact Director For More Information)

\Christopher Columbus Awards program - For Jr. High Teachers and Students

\ECybermission - Competition for 7th and 8th grade teams

\DOE Science Bowls - Dept. of Science competition for middle and senior high students

\Science Olympiad - K-6 and 7-12

\Youth Naturalist Award - American Museum of Natural History Young Naturalist Awards

\ExploraVision Awards - Toshiba / NSTA ExploraVision Awards for K-12

\Envirothon - North America's Largest High School Environmental Competition

Siemens  Competition - Grade 12 Only

\National Ocean Sciences Bowl - Sponsored by JPL

The National Engineering Design Challenge - Competition for 9-12



\Science Kit & Boreal Labs

\American Science and Surplus

\Fisher Science Education

\NADA Scientific (GENECON Company)


\Ward's ap Science

\Acorn Naturalists

\The Science Company

\Metrotek Industries

\Magnet Sales





\Science Stuff

\Edmund Scientific

\Modern School Supplies



\American Science & Surplus

\Indigo Instruments

\Herbach & Rademan

\JML Optical Industries

\Meredith Instruments

\Merlan Scientific

\Flinn Scientific

\Educational Science

\Science Kit & Boreal Labs

\Superior Distributing


Here's a few project ideas from us!

Science Fair Project Ideas

Animal Sciences

1.     Does the color of a terrarium affect a lizard's skin color?

2.     Do natural mosquito repellants keep more mosquitoes away than artificial repellants?

3.     What factors affect respiration in an aquatic environment?


4.     Will different-colored lights affect how many moths you can catch?


5.     Do ants prefer sugar or artificial sweeteners?



Behavioral and Social Science

1.     Does chewing gum improve students' test performance?


2.     What effects do video games have on your body?


3.     How does playing video games affect hand-eye coordination?

4.     Does the amount of time a student spends watching television affect his or her grades?

5.     Is a person's favorite subject in school influenced by gender?

6.     Does listening to music while studying affect performance on a memory test?

7.     How does color affect a person's mood?

8.     How does the weather affect your mood?



1.     How does a shampoo's brand affect the strength of hair?

2.     What effects do different cooking methods have on the vitamin C level of broccoli?

3.     How does time effect the amount of vitamin C in an orange?

4.     What effects do varying concentrations of sodium bicarbonate have on the photosynthesis of spinach leaves?

5.     Will varying temperatures affect the decomposition reaction of the enzyme catalase and hydrogen peroxide?

6.     How effective are various antioxidants in the prevention of skin cancer?


Cellular and Molecular Biology

1.     What effect does temperature have on the vitamin C content of fruits and vegetables?

2.     What effect does UV light exposure have on the fermentation rate of yeast cells?

3.     What effects do sports/soft drinks have on teeth?

4.     Which contains higher quality protein: organic or processed chicken?

5.     What effects do food preservation methods have on the enzyme catalase?



1.     What combination of ingredients makes the best lip-gloss?


2.     How does the temperature of water affect the time it takes to freeze into ice?

3.     Which toothpaste brand cleans the best?

4.     Given the same amount of water, how does pot size affect the amount of time it takes to boil water?

5.     Which type (alkaline/ lead acid) of battery lasts the longest?

6.     How will the time spent chewing bubble gum affect its bubbles' maximum size?

7.     How will adding different flavors of Kool-Aid to water affect the water's boiling point?

8.     How can you speed up the ripening of tomatoes?

9.     Which type of soap removes more grease: dish soap, hand soap, or shampoo?

10.     Which type of fruit is more acidic: lemons, oranges, or watermelon?

11.     Do all chocolate candies have the same melting point?


Computer Science

1.     Which materials cause the biggest drop in Wi-Fi signal?


2.     What techniques make a password difficult to hack?


3.     What is the effect of temperature on processing speed?

4.     What is the average number of read/writes in a hard drive's lifetime?

5.     How does packet size affect data movement across a network?

6.     What are some alternative uses for an outdated computer?


Earth and Planetary Science

1.     How does the tilt of Earth's axis affect the seasons?


2.     How does the speed of a river's current affect the size of the grains on the riverbed?

3.     How do different computer models affect weather pattern prediction?

4.     How does atmospheric gas content affect a planet?

5.     What is the effect of altitude on the detection of cosmic rays in a cloud chamber?


Engineering: Electrical and Mechanical

1.     Which has a longer life: an LED or an incandescent lightbulb?

2.     How does the tension in a guitar's strings affect its pitch?

3.     How does the size of a drum affect its pitch?

4.     How much energy is lost in various electrical wiring types?

5.     How do different construction materials affect a paper airplane's efficiency?


Engineering: Materials and Bioengineering

1.     How does the material a shirt is made of affect the time it takes to dry?

2.     What brand of paper towel is most absorbent?

3.     What brand of trash bag can withstand the most weight before ripping?

4.     Which can support more weight: paper or plastic grocery bags?

5.     Which type of fabric will hold the most dye?


Energy and Transportation

1.     How does a light bulb's wattage affect the amount of heat detected above a light?

2.     How does tire pressure affect a car's fuel efficiency?

3.     How does the shape of a boat's hull affect its speed?

4.     How does the angle of a solar panel affect its ability to capture energy?

5.     How does ethanol content in fuel affect average miles per gallon in an automobile?


Environmental Management

1.     Which starch plant produces the most fuel?


2.     Which type of ground layer limits erosion most: sand, gravel, or soil?

3.     How does acid rain affect the flora of our environment?


4.     What difference do low-phosphorous fertilizers have on a lake's pollution levels compared with standard fertilizers?

5.     Which uses more water: a shower or a bath?

6.     How much trash is kept out of a landfill by recycling paper and plastics?



Environmental Sciences

1.     How do gas stations affect the soil around them?

2.     What effect does acid rain have on sunflower growth?

3.     How does a change in environment affect the growth of a plant?

4.     How does the time of day affect the algae levels in a lake?

5.     What are the best erosion control methods for farmers?

6.     How does nitrogen runoff affect nearby waterways?



Mathematical Sciences

1.     What effects does a person's height have on their ability to make a jump shot in basketball?

2.     Does the length of a baseball bat affect how far the ball will travel?

3.     Analyzing the construction of an accurate sundial depending on location on the earth

4.     Calculating health indices in geographic relation to fast food

5.     Investigate the application of game theory in common board games



Medicine and Health

1.     How does exercise affect blood glucose levels?


2.     Which increases your heart rate more: walking up and down stairs or using a stair-master?

3.     Which type of exercise equipment burns the most calories?

4.     How does yoga affect your flexibility?

5.     How does the type of music that a person listens to while exercising affect how hard he or she works out?

6.     How does air temperature affect your flexibility?



1.     Which disinfectant is the most effective germ killer?


2.     Which acne medication is the most effective?


3.     What is the effect of microwave energy on sanitizing a kitchen sponge?

4.     Test the antimicrobial properties of different kitchen spices.

5.     Populations of bacteria in a local waterway


Physics and Astronomy

1.     How does the temperature of a tennis ball affect the height of its bounce?

2.     Which is a better insulator: wool, cotton, or down feathers?

3.     How does the color of a shirt affect the amount of heat it absorbs?

4.     How does shutter speed affect the color of a photograph?

5.     Which metal is the best heat conductor?



Plant Sciences

1.     What effects do other liquids besides water have on plant growth?


2.     Does aspirin help plants grow?


3.     How do plants respond to music?


4.     Which type of fertilizer helps plants grow the tallest?

5.     How does humidity affect how often a plant needs to be watered?

6.     How does temperature affect the growth of mold?

7.     What effect does the amount of light a plant receives have on how fast it grows?

8.     Under what color light do plants grow best?