Choosing a science fair project can be difficult. You should consider what you're studying in class, current events and your own personal interests when determining your science fair project topic. Once you come up with some ideas, it's time to narrow down your choices. If you think you have your science fair topic picked out, you should ask yourself these five questions first.
1. Is it within my abilities?
Students should have some familiarity with their science fair topic beforehand. This can come from their own classroom studies, their personal interests or perhaps a knowledgeable parent or family friend. Sometimes students may pick a topic to large for a science fair project. If you feel nervous about the idea of presenting the topic to your instructors, it's best to try to come up with something else.
2. Do I have enough time?
Students must take into consideration the amount of time it will take to complete an experiment. Some experiments will take longer than others. Students are normally given 3 to 4 months to prepare their exhibit. So if the student is proactive, most projects should come in under this time frame. Some biology projects involving plant growth may be over that time frame, so it's important to consider the time required.
3. Can I afford it?
You won't need a lot of money to complete a successful science fair project, but you will need to determine your budget beforehand. Our student nutrient agar kits start at just $10.95 and make a great base for a bacterial project. Our potato clock is a great starter for a science fair project. With the potato clock you can determine which fruit or vegetable is the best conductor for an electro-chemical cell. Projects can easily be affordable, but determining your budget beforehand is a key step.
4. Do my parents and teachers approve?
All project ideas must first be approved by your teacher. The number one reason I've seen for rejected science fair projects is that the statement will not involve any testing or analysis. Simply building a model will not pass your teacher's approval. Your parents will also have to approve any work you may be doing in the house. They might not want you growing bacteria in their refrigerator!!
5. Is it safe?
Safety is key in any science experiment and must be considered before making the final decision on your science fair project. Your teacher should be able to guide you through any issues that may arise with your topic choice.