Archive for September, 2009

Homeschool science projects on Astronomy

“Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” is amongst the first few nursery rhymes that we learn. There is a fascination with the night sky for all children. Not many get scared when they are preschoolers, its only the human influence that teaches them to be scared of the dark later. Then again that phase passes by and another fascination with the heavenly objects begins.

Space travel, science fiction and astronomy are all efforts to try and understand our place in the universe a bit better. There is a reason why children want to be astronauts and join NASA. It comes from the urge to understand where we have come from, so that we can better know where we are to go. Also the state of the art gadgets are great fun to play with.

Even if you are being home schooled by your parent or guardian, it is still possible to undertake interesting science projects on the subject of astronomy. The stars and constellations visible by the naked eye can contribute to a perfectly satisfactory sicnec project. Although if you do have a telescope the scope of your study of the stars will leap into another dimension.

When you gaze up into the magical and twinkling lights in the sky at night, what do you really see? Even if you don’t have a telescope you can use a regualr pair of bird watching binoculars to get a closer look at the mystical night sky. Here’s an article that will help you do more with your binoculars.

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Science Projects For Homeschoolers

There are a number of science projects that can be easily done at home by homeschoolers. The fact that there is no formal science laboratory at home can actually help you get more creative with your science experiments. After all the application of science is not limited to the limited area in the science laboratory at school.

Just as sure as there is oxygen in the air everywhere, there is science all around us. All you need to do is tap into that deep resevoir and find the best way to make use of your resources. In fact there are any number of cool science projects that you can do at home, which you may not be able to do in school. Ones involving a microwave oven for instance.

A word of caution here, when you do science experiments around the home you must have a parent around. An adult at hand can tell you what things may be potentially dangerous. So do make sure that you inform them about your science expereimentation beforehand. In fact it would make sense to include them in your plans so that you can do more complex experiments.

If you are looking for ideas for homeschool science projects take a look at this article here. It will help you have some fun based on G-Force which is the gravitational force experienced by professionals such as astronaughts and formula one race car drivers. You can even develop your own home made accelerometer. Make sure you check it out and have fun.

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Edible Science Project

Thinking of science projects? Think of making up something yummy to eat. No I’ve not lost it! Who says science experiments can’t be eaten? I know not all of them can be eaten! Naturally a set of circuits and wires can surely not be eaten, but how about making your own ice cream as part of a science project. Naturally you get to eat that!

In a way when you think about it cooking is also merely experimenting. Add a little heat and the food changes form to get cooked. Think of how you make pop corn? Isn’t that a science experiment dealing with heat and pressure? Sure it is and its results are wholly edible. After all we have eaten pop corn and its many variations.

Those too are mere experiments on the same theme using heat and pressure. It was first butter pop corn and then caramel pop corn and even chocolate pop corn. All these variations are a result of experiments. So you can eat your experiments as long as the material you use for them is consumable.

Here the experiment on ice cream that you will love to do and the result that you will love to eat. Just make sure that your parents are around and approve. There is a possiblility that the experiment may go wrong, so make sure that you don’t eat it then. In any case there is any number of edible experiments waiting to be done. Get creative.

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Science projects need to improve your knowledge

What’s the big idea behind science fairs? Why do we have them? Is it supposed to serve any purpose other than causing students extra work in an already busy schedule? Don’t they just add more pressure on a student already bogged down with the numerous school activities. These are questions that a busy and irate student may well ask. The answer is simple. Science fairs are a tool to help you learn.

The science projects that you make are a way to help increase your knowledge. While you may know a bit about a scientific concept from your science book, it is given a whole new dimension when you do a project based on it. You become far better adept at the practical aspect of the concept. You take the concept out of the book and see the science behind it in action.

You learn new terminology related to the field that you are doing your science fair project in. For instance if you are doing an experiment on liquids, you might also learn something about temperature and pressure. You might learn about viscosity as well. That is something that you will surely not think about if your experiment is based on electricity. Nor would you think of Newtonian Liquids if you are doing an experiment on electricity. If you want to know what Newtonian Liquids are check out the link.

So having a science fair is a great way to see what all interesting projects others come up with. It is also a good tool to test just how well you have grasped the scientific concept that you are working on. So while it may seem like an extra burden, it does actually have a great purpose.

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Writing Your Project Report

There is excitement in the air as you decide on your science fair project idea. There is fun and frolic as you experiment with all the different possibilities that your project ideas throw up. Then finally the science project is done, and now you need to write your project report. Did your enthusiasm level just drop ten notches?

If you are like most kids it probably did. After all the fun part of the project is over and the dull part of the report remains to be done. The truth is that it does not have to be a boring chore to complete. You can have fun designing a layout to showcase your science fair project in your science report.

All it takes is a bit of organization and some good planning. And when its over you can go back to doing more experiments that are fun. Here is some fun you can have with Static Electricity. Of course there is always the danger that the fun stuff you do may be an even better idea for a project for the science fair. In which case you can always scrap the first one and use the new idea.

That will mean writing a new project report as well. It will be a little bit of extra work, but don’t shy away from it. The new project may be better than the old one. It may even be a prize winning project idea. Make sure you do the right thin and of course have a whole lot of fun doing it.

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