Homework Help: Science Fair Ideas, Resources & Tips
Do you (or your child) have a science fair project due? Are you a parent, teacher or home schooler looking for some practice guides for hands-on science learning? Here are some recommended sources for project ideas, tips and guides available online and via checkout from the library.
- Access Science – All you need is your library card number and you can access supporting articles and research for your science fair projects and research papers. Award-winning materials include encyclopedia articles, videos, news and more.
- Discovery Education’s Science Fair Central – Includes hundreds of project ideas, advice from judges and previous winners and display tips.
- Scholastic.com’s Science Explorations – With the help of audio, text, photos, and video, students thoroughly explore six science topics, from the Galapagos Islands to giant squid.
- Kids.gov – Here you’ll find science fair projects, ideas and experiments from various Federal government agencies; broken down by age and includes a special section for teachers/parents.
- ScienceBob.com – Hosted by “Science Bob” Pflugfelder, this site is aimed at elementary and middle school students and includes videos and printable directions.
- ScienceBuddies.org – K-12 students, parents, and teachers can quickly and easily find free project ideas and help in all areas of science from physics to food science and music to microbiology. The Topic Selection Wizard helps you narrow down your choices depending on your grade level, when the project is due and topic area assigned by your teacher/instructor.
If you’re looking for something to check out from the library’s shelves, search our online catalog (sort by “reverse year” to see the most recent titles) or browse in the 507.8 (adult nonfiction) and J.507.8 (juvenile nonfiction) sections at your local library branch. Popular titles include:
- Junior Science Experiments on File (Warrenton Juvenile Reference)
- Science Surprises series (e-books)
- Janice VanCleave’s numerous titles
- MythBusters Science Fair Book
The next time you need to look up/explore a scientific topic, be sure to give these recommended resources a look!
~ Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian, Warrenton central library