Science Projects

Participating in science fairs is not only educational but also social. Students come from different schools to compete against other students and to meet new friends. So not only are you learning about different ideas and elements in the world of science but also meeting friends who may have more in common with you, even if they are from other schools.

An easy and also fun project to do, one that I have personally used in a science fair and received first place, is to do a study on the ways people learn. An example of an individual to base your report on is Pavlov, the man who did the study with the dog, the bell, and salivation. You will first need to decide how many people you will take a survey on. Once you have picked a decent number, write/type up your surveys.

The students/teachers/family or whoever you ask should have the following choices to choose from:

Listening, hands-on, written, visual demonstration, or all of the above. These are the common ways that people learn to do things. Once this information is gathered, then you can tally up the total of each answer and put it into graph form. The graphs can be a part of the visual aspect of your project. Most science fairs require a background or board for your work to be displayed, a set up of some sort. The report should be left on the table in front, so that the judges can review it. Any graphics or other related decorations should be on the board. Do not be afraid to be colorful and creative. Judges like to see unique projects, things that are different from others. My board was hand decorated, I drew everything myself. Most of my classmates relied on computer images and computer made graphs while I did everything by hand. Plus, there may be some things that are better made yourself than using other borrowed images.

Also, use food as examples for another way people learn. It may not have been in your survey but when the judges ask you about your project, explain the surveys you had taken and the results you received. Mention Pavlov and the dog experiment. The judges will appreciate that you know some history about what you are doing. Use the food to demonstrate that tasting is a way for younger children to learn. For example, babies learn by tasting everything. They develope a sense of taste and what they like/don’t like through tasting. So bring some food samples that taste good, medium, and not so good. Explain the theory on babies tasting things and how their sense of taste is a primary way of learning at an early age.

If you choose to do so, you can gather some harmless samples for a younger child to taste and see their reactions. It is very funny and easy to do. This project is fun, and you learn different things from it as well. If done correctly, this project is a sure winner.