Authors: Sandra Buczynski
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Buczynski, Sandra C.
Super smart information strategies: get ready for a winning science project/by Sandy Buczynski.
Â Â Â Â Â p. cm.â(Information explorer)
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN-13: 978-1-61080-124-9 (lib. bdg.)
ISBN-13: 978-1-61080-270-3 (pbk.)
Â Â 1. Communication in scienceâJuvenile literature. 2. Science ProjectsâJuvenile literature. I. Title.
507.8âdc22Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2011002442
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Table of Contents
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
you do or an
you create to answer a question that you have.
â¢Â Â Â hands-on activity in the laboratory
â¢Â Â Â scientific observations of nature
â¢Â Â Â surveys or questionnaires about issues
â¢Â Â Â exploration of existing
â¢Â Â Â designing and building new devices that can help get certain tasks done
â¢Â Â Â creating engineering projects
â¢Â Â Â testing and improving the performance of existing products
â¢Â Â Â 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
, 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.
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 detectiveâlibrary and Internet to the rescue!
Reading about what other scientists and students are studying is a good place to find project ideas.
â¢Â Â Â Read science news in magazines (
National Geographic World, Science News, Kids Discover, Odyssey, Ask, Muse, Dig, and many more
â¢Â Â Â Read the section of the newspaper that reports science news.
â¢Â Â Â Look on the Internet for projects that have been done in the past.
â¢Â Â Â California State Science Fair
â¢Â Â Â Science Hound: All Science Fair Projects
â¢Â Â Â Watch TV shows with science themes (
Bill Nye, The Science Guy; MythBusters; DragonflyTV; NOVA