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Quick and Easy Science Projects

While some students like to go into meticulous detail while researching their science fair projects, the majority will be happy to do a quick and easy project. Fortunately there is no shortage of these science projects to go around. You can do a quick study about any gadget and have a science project ready.

For instance take the microwave oven. It is present in each home and so availability is not a problem. There is a considerable amount of theory behind its functioning which can make an interesting science project.The whole range of radioactive waves can be used in the project. A comparative study would be easy and quick to do.

Or if you prefer something more interactive you can use the microwave  oven to heat various fluids.  Here’s a project that you can do. Take the same amount of different fluids and then heat it for the same duration. Now measure the temperatures of the fluids. Do a comparative study of which fluids heated up faster. Now try and trace the reason why this happens.

The whole experiment will not take you more than a couple of hours. Add a couple more to do the project report and your whole science fair project is done with no hassles in under five hours. Here is an interesting and quick project on Paper Chromatography. Again it is a quick one to do. You may choose to do this one instead of the microwave oven one. Or you can choose to do an experiment all your own. Just have fun doing it and it will turn out grand.

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Science Project Ideas

There are any number of science projects possible. After all each part of the world has been examined by a scientific principle. So there are many potential science fair projects hiding in the world. All you need to do is ferret them out and use them. Here are a few topics that you can use.

Earth and the Universe : The solar system is not the only project that you can make here. While it may be the most common. Think big and try out a galaxy for size. Or limit yourself to Sol, the star we call our sun. There are enough facts that the sun generates to make a full science project on.

Insects and Animals : In this day and age there is considerable interest in nature and conserving it. There are many insects and animals which are endangered. A study of a few select ones could also make a good project for the science fair.

Human Body : There is so much still being discovered about the Human Body and its functions. Each year new research is done by scientists and new medicines and treatment techniques are discovered. Even the study of a single organ of the human body in detail will have you submit a great science project.

Plants : There are some similarities and many differences between the plant and animal kingdom. Just exploring these would give you a great project. Make sure you have a focus in your research or you will be inundated with data and not know what to do with it.

There is so much you can do for a science project. All you need to do is head in a direction that interests you. Then find what you want to do there. Here’s another article that you might find informative. It will help you narrow down your search for the ideal project.

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Pick Your Project

I have to do a project for the science fair. Where do I start? This is a very common question with most students. The answer to this problem is asking yourself more questions. Ask yourself specific questions like what scientific principle interests you? What kind of a science project can be constructed out of it? The more questions you ask, the more specific the image of what you need to do will be.

Personally I feel that going through a list of science projects that others have done will help give you a better idea about what you want to do. So ask around in school as to what exactly your class mates are planing to do. Ask your seniors what they made last year. Ask your science teacher for ideas as well. Most people love to discuss science projects that they have already worked on.

This will allow you to expand your horizons. The more you see and hear about the more you learn. That in turn will help you decide what is more interesting for you personally. Then once you have narrowed down on an idea ask yourself more questions. How are you going to go about making the project? What all material will you need? How much adult supervision will be required?

The more specific your questions and answers are the easier it will be for you to handle your project. Here is a useful resource on how to ask the right questions. This will help you to stay on track and get the details fixed up faster. You can have a lot of fun in the whole process. It really is very simple when you know what to expect.

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Messy Science Experiments

Making a mess and learning science often go together. Unless you create a mess  you will never learn what works well and what does not. The trick is not to get scared when you make a mess. Also it helps if you limit making a mess to a single room, so that your mother doesn’t get too tired picking up after you. And if you help tidy up the mess as soon as you’ve made it, I’m sure she would not mind you making another one.

The truth is that is is fun doing science experiments which may turn out messy. Not for nothing are the jokes about explosions in chemistry labs funny. Remember how often Archie Andrews gets into trouble over his science projects with Professor Flutesnoot? It is his messy experiments that teach him what he should not do the next time. Not that making explosions is the ideal way to learn chemistry.

If you are likely to do an experiment which has a chemical component, do make sure that there is an adult supervisor present. And make sure that potentially hazzardous experiments are only done in the presence of adequate safety precasutions. Unlike Archie Andrews you will not suddenly heal up in the next picture.  So remember safety first and if possible no dangerous  chemicals.

Given here is an experiment that will be fun and can be messy too. Best of all its about something that all of us find fascinating…Rockets! So take a look at this potential science project idea and see how much fun you can have with it.

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Science Experiments are Fun

Once you get over the impression that science is difficult out of your head, you can have a great deal of fun with science experiments. The fact is that there is a little bit of science in everything that we do. It could be cycling down to pick up a sibling from the neighbours or eating a packet of crisps as you watch TV. Our lives are full of science in action. All you need to do is recognize that fact.

When you do understand that science is not what is in your book, but what you are living out, it beocmes interesting. Each action you take will take on a scientific color. You need to identify which branch of science you would call it. Then think up of ways to test the theories that you know exist. That will open up the doors to new science experiments that will be a whole lot of fun.

You don’t have to do science experiments just to finish a science fair project or a school experiment. You can do them to have fun with your friends. It can be a group activity or a team effort as well. Just make sure that you clear the experiment that you are going to do with your parents. If it is potentially dangerous, it may be a good idea for a parent to watch out for you as well.

Plus if you are having trouble thinking up of new fun things to do, you can check out this site for new ideas.  I am sure you will find something there that interests you. Just keep having fun and science will never be difficult for you again.

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