Get Ready for a Winning Science Project

BOOK: Get Ready for a Winning Science Project
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A NOTE TO PARENTS AND TEACHERS: Please remind your children how to stay safe online before they do the activities in this book.

A NOTE TO KIDS: Always remember your safety comes first!

Published in the United States of America
by Cherry Lake Publishing
Ann Arbor, Michigan
www.cherrylakepublishing.com

Content Adviser: Gail Dickinson, PhD,
Associate Professor, Old Dominion University,
Norfolk, Virginia

Book design and illustration: The Design Lab

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Copyright ©2012 by Cherry Lake Publishing
All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means without written permission from the publisher.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Buczynski, Sandra C.

Super smart information strategies: get ready for a winning science project/by Sandy Buczynski.

     p. cm.—(Information explorer)

Includes bibliographical references and index.

ISBN-13: 978-1-61080-124-9 (lib. bdg.)

ISBN-13: 978-1-61080-270-3 (pbk.)

  1. Communication in science—Juvenile literature. 2. Science Projects—Juvenile literature. I. Title.

Q175.2.B83 2012

507.8—dc22          2011002442

Cherry Lake Publishing would like to acknowledge
the work of The Partnership for 21st Century Skills.

Please visit
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for more information.

Printed in the United States of America

Corporate Graphics Inc.

July 2011

CLFA09

Table of Contents

Chapter One
That's a Good Idea!

Chapter Two
Find Your Focus

Chapter Three
What Is Your Problem?

Chapter Four
Start Your Search Engine!

Chapter Five
Communicate Your Results

 

Glossary

Find Out More

Index

About the Author

CHAPTER ONE
That's a Good Idea!

Have you ever wondered how something works?

Are you curious? Are you a careful observer? Do you enjoy solving problems? If so, doing a science project may be just the activity for you!

The goal of a science project is to solve a problem. A science project is an
experiment
you do or an
invention
you create to answer a question that you have.

Consider This

EXPERIMENT

•   hands-on activity in the laboratory

•   scientific observations of nature

•   surveys or questionnaires about issues

•   exploration of existing
databases

Or This

INVENTION

•   designing and building new devices that can help get certain tasks done

•   creating engineering projects

•   testing and improving the performance of existing products

•   building models to explain what is happening

Experimenters find out things for themselves. Inventors design and make things that will solve problems. Inventors like to think outside the box! Both types of scientists like to
collaborate
, or work with other scientists who are interested in the same topics.

Where do you find an idea for a science project? How do you find the information you need to understand your topic? Curiosity is the key ingredient! Here are some tips to get you started.

First you need to choose a particular science category to study. This will help you pick the main idea for your project. Decide if you want to experiment with food, plants, chemicals, or something else.

If you are working with a group, make sure everyone helps find a project topic.

TRY THIS!

CATEGORIES OF SCIENCE

Take a look at these science subject areas and choose one that interests you.

BIOLOGY: anything relating to life, including cells and DNA

ZOOLOGY: all about animals in the zoo and in the wild, how they behave and grow.

BOTANY: how plants grow, gardening, seeds

MICROBIOLOGY: very tiny organisms such as bacteria, algae, or viruses

CHEMISTRY: molecules, acids and bases, solutions and mixtures, chemical reactions

EARTH SCIENCE: anything in our environment: rocks, ocean, weather, volcanoes

ASTRONOMY: stars, planets, the night sky, galaxies, comets, meteors

ENTOMOLOGY: every type of insect, from ants to zebra butterflies

PHYSICS: study of matter and energy

ENGINEERING: designing and making structures and machines

FOOD SCIENCE: healthy eating, burning calories, testing foods, food spoilage

ECOLOGY: food webs, plant and animal communities

Now you need to research what is already known about your topic. Time to be a detective—library and Internet to the rescue!

Reading about what other scientists and students are studying is a good place to find project ideas.

•   Read science news in magazines (
National Geographic World, Science News, Kids Discover, Odyssey, Ask, Muse, Dig, and many more
).

•   Read the section of the newspaper that reports science news.

•   Look on the Internet for projects that have been done in the past.

•   California State Science Fair
www.usc.edu/CSSF/

•   Science Hound: All Science Fair Projects
www.all-science-fair-projects.com/

•   Watch TV shows with science themes (
Bill Nye, The Science Guy; MythBusters; DragonflyTV; NOVA
).

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