Science Fair Elementary Primary School Ideas Science Easy Science Science Fair

As an elementary school teacher, I have found that science fair can be one of the most rewarding experiences for young students if given the opportunity to explore their own interests. Science if one of the most hands-on core subjects that we teach and it can be taught by crossing the other core subjects areas, especially language arts and math, with it. The following is a list of some of my favorite science fair projects created by elementary aged children. They are all very easy to do.

Weather exploration
How does topography affect weather conditions?
– Students can create a topographic map of the continental United States and explore weather conditions at specific times of the year.
Does the topography of an area affect its local weather?
– Create a topographic map of your area and map weather during specific seasons.

Plants and Gardening
What kind of soil is best for water retention?
– Using pots with drain wholes and various types of soil experiment with drainage and water retention.
Does human hair affect the growth of plants?
– Try it, you could take it one step further and experiment with pet hair.
How does a garden mist spray affect plant growth?
– This one is self explanatory.
How does the duration of isolation affect plant growth?
– Isolate the same type, sized plant in the same place for specific periods of time.
Which type of wildflower grows best under artificial light?
– This is easy to set up under a grow light.
How does temperature affect the water uptake in celery plants?
– Temperature can be adjusted using a heat source or cooling source (refrigerator).
Does the type of water affect the growth of plants?
– Try various liquids.
How does rotation affect plant growth?
– This one is self explanatory.
Does music affect plant growth?
– Try different types of music.
Does a plant grow best in sunlight or artificial light?
– This one is self explanatory.
Can plants deprived of sunlight recover?
– This one is self explanatory.
Can potatoes be grown without soil?
– Try growing a potato in water.
How do worms affect plant growth?
– Live red worms and meal worms can be purchased at the local pet store.

Food and Our Bodies
On which foods does fungus grow best?
– Make a fungus terrarium using an empty jar and various food types.

Biology
Do ants like cheese or sugar better?
– This one is self explanatory.
What foods do mealworms prefer?
– Buy your mealworms at the local pet store.
Does holding a mirror in front of a fish change what a fish does?
– This one is self explanatory.
What color of birdseed do birds like best?
– Try it out.
Do mint leaves repel ants?
– This one is self explanatory.
Which travels faster-a snail or a worm?
– This one is self explanatory.
On which surface can a snail move faster-dirt or cement?
– This one is self explanatory.
How far does a snail travel in one minute?
– Try it out.
How much can a Caterpillar eat in one day?
– This one is self explanatory.

Comparative Studies
What kind of juice cleans pennies best?
– Try various juices.
Do watches keep time the same?
– Experiment.
How does omitting an ingredient affect the taste of a cookie?
– Try it out, several times.
Do suction cups stick equally well to different surfaces?
– This one is self explanatory.
Which cheese grows mold the fastest?
– Do this using a sealed container.

Consumer Testing
What brand of raisin cereal has the most raisins?
– Count.
Which dish soap makes the most bubbles?
– Lots of counting.
Which paper towel is the strongest?
– This one is self explanatory.
With which type of battery do toys run the longest?
– This one is self explanatory.
Which laundry detergent works the best?
– This one is self explanatory.

Plant Studies
Do roots of a plant always grow downward?
– Lay a plant on its side and see what happens, or hang it upside down.
Can plants grow without soil?
– Try water.
Will bananas brown faster on the counter or in the refrigerator?
– This one is self explanatory.
Does temperature affect the growth of plants?
– This one is self explanatory.
Can plants grow from the leaves?
– This one is self explanatory.
Do different kinds of apples have the same number of seeds?
– Count.
Do bigger seeds produce bigger plants?
– Try it.
Does a plant grow bigger if watered with milk or water?
– This one is self explanatory.

Physical Sciences
Can the design of a paper airplane make it fly farther?
– Try it with your whole class, challenge everyone to design their own airplane and then test which one goes the furthest.
What holds two boards together better a nail or a screw?
– Adult help will be needed for this one.
Does a ball-roll farther on grass or dirt?
– This one is self explanatory.
Do all objects fall to the ground at the same speed?
– This one is self explanatory.
What kind of things do magnets attract?
– This one is self explanatory.
How much salt does it take to float an egg?
– Try it with a raw, soft boiled and hard boiled egg.
Does water with salt boil faster than plain water?
– This one is self explanatory.
Does on ice cube melt faster in air or water?
– This one is self explanatory.
Can you tell what something is just by touching it?
– Try it.
Can you tell where sound comes from when you are blindfolded?
– Try it.
Can things be identified by just their smell?
– Try it.

Water
Does warm water freeze faster than cool water?
– This one is self explanatory.
How long will it take a drop of food dye to color a glass of still water?
– This one is self explanatory.
Which materials absorb the most water?
– Try it with various materials.

Make sure when working with a student on a science fair project, no matter the child’s age, to set up a control group and a test group. Do the experiment several times and keep detailed notes on the results that could be used as a table or graph for his or her display board. Make sure that your child is the one doing most of the experiment, so that he or she can explain the process and the results easily. Most of all, have fun!