The Science Behind School Science Projects

At least once in one’s schooling, a Science Fair will take place. Some kids panic when they hear the news, and some kids see it as an opportunity to play the part of a mad scientist. A Science Fair is where one can display their finished school science project, usually at hopes of winning, as it tends to be a competition amongst many participants. The most important part of any school science project, is the Scientific Method. The Scientific Method is a series of steps that must be performed, to get the proper results of a science experiment. The steps are as follows: ask a question, research, form a hypothesis, test that hypothesis with an experiment, collect and analyze the data, then draw a conclusion.

There are various kinds of school science projects, that can be done and potentially used in a science fair. An experimental project, simply asks the scientist to ask a question and get results via the Scientific Method. Another type of project is an engineering or technology project. In an engineering project, something mechanical is built, and the design is assessed, usually to improve performance and strength. Still another type of science project that can be used, is a display project. Display projects make use of visual aids to represent something much larger i.e. the solar system, a skyscraper, a volcano, etc. Visual aids can also include display boards alongside the constructed model.

There is a rich history regarding various scientific experiments. Some date back as far as 240 BC. Science fairs did not become popular in The U.S. until the 1950’s. Americans aren’t the only ones participating; countries all over the world perform various experiments, and enter them into their country’s, school’s equivalent of a typical, American science fair. Perhaps more wonderful than the answer to an experiment, is the educational benefit one receives while conducting it.