Shawna McBride, former Posse fellow and Han Li, her mentee. Han's project earned a trip to the 2008 International Science and Engineering Fair.
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The resources below are intended to provide useful information for students, teachers, and parents who are interested in getting involved in science fairs at the elementary, middle, or high school levels. They are organized by the reliability and usefulness of the information they provide, and are beginning points to learn about the wonderful learning opportunities science fairs projects can provide.
This list is not intended to be comprehensive. The appearance of a resource here does not constitute endorsement by the Science Posse, nor can the Science Posse attest to the accuracy of the content provided by these links.
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Tier One: Most Reliable and Useful
Science Buddies is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to “helping students from all walks of life to build their literacy in science and technology so they can become productive and engaged citizens in the 21st century.” They were recently awarded the Science Prize for Online Resources in Education by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Students: Take a look at the Project Ideas and Project Guide links to get started on your science fair project. If you have questions about science, use the Ask an Expect link or Blog with other Science Buddy members.
Parents and Teachers: The Teachers or Parents links have lots of helpful suggestions. If you have questions about science use the Ask an Expect link or Blog with other Science Buddy parents or teachers.
Discovery Education is an on-line resource created by the Discovery Channel to extend educational opportunities through the Internet.
Students: Follow the step-by-step process on this website to get ideas about science fair projects and how to present them.
Parents and Teachers: The Parent Resources and Science Fair Coordinator links on this website are great for information about how to coordinate a science fair at your school and how to support your children with their project.The Canadian Mathematical Society
What exactly is a math project? The Canadian Mathematical Society believes th(at the reason there have not been a lot of true math projects at science fairs because it is not at all clear what a mathematics project involves. Too often, projects entered in the math category are projects that use math to analyze data rather than exploring some aspect of mathematics.)
To help shed some light on this problem, this website contains lists of possible projects in a variety of mathematical areas and many references on topics that could make exciting and interesting projects. They do however provide a warning: "the list is quite incomplete (as are the references) and not all the ideas presented have been fully thought out. This is intentional. After all - it is to be your project. Some are more interesting than others, some will require more mathematics background than others and some have more scope for exploration than others. But all are related to areas of mathematics some member of the CMS has found an exciting and rewarding place to explore and study."
Still not sure if yours is a math project? Ask the Science Posse's Mathematicians!
Tier Two: Moderately Reliable and Useful
The Ultimate Science Fair Resource
This resource was created by Dr. Shawn Carlson and Dr. Michelle Tetreault Carlson. They are both PhD Physicists and expert science educators. This website features a database of over 1000 science fair projects with a criteria-based search engine. This is a very handy tool for searching for just the project you are looking for.
Google, one of the most successful Internet corporations, has sponsored an on-line international science fair competition.
Students: Take a look at the Science Fair Resources link within the Resources box for some great ideas.
Teachers: The Teachers box has some wonderful support materials for getting your students started.
DragonflyTV is produced by Twincities Public Television and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. This website provides an interactive way to learn about some cool science fair project ideas. Use the Science Fair Spinner to explore different topics.
Internet Public Library 2 (ipl2: information you can trust) is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment. The site is hosted by Drexel University's College of Information Science & Technology.
Students: Follow the 4 step process to create and present a fantastic science fair project. Use the links under the Need More Help? menu for some other great information.
The website created by the National Science Teachers Association provides annotated links to a variety of helpful resources for science teachers, some of which are more related to science fair projects than others.
Homework Spot is an Internet portal website, which means that it primarily provides you with links to resources that are found on other websites. It was created by students, teachers, librarians, and journalists. There is an Ask an Expert link as well as links for tons of ideas for science fair projects organized by subject and by grade level. The Help menu provides some really useful information about the scientific method.
The Math Forum at Drexel University has been the leading online resource for improving math learning, teaching, and communication since 1992. This link contains a list of suggested math projects from "Doctor Dan">
Tier Three: Least Reliable and Useful
Internet 4Classrooms: Science Fair Projects
This is a portal website, which means it provides links for information on other websites. It was created by two teachers, Susan Brooks and Bill Byles, who wanted to provide a resource for teachers to quickly find information on the Internet to use in their classrooms. There are a ton of links to wonderful science fair resources, many of which are already listed on this site.
Cyber fair is a resource for students created by students in the 3rd – 6th grades. There are a few links to some great sample projects and some other useful links to help you get started on your own project.
This is more or less a portal website, which means is provides links for information found on other websites. There is also a searchable database of projects. The authors of the websites are not disclosed so please check the validity of the information on this site carefully.
The goal of Science Fair Adventure is “to educate and enhance the learning experience for students and science fanatics while providing casual readers with useful and fun information.” There is a great database of science fair projects organized by subject. The authors are not disclosed, so please check the factuality of the information on this website with care.
This website has a very nice database of science fair projects organized by subject and grade level. There is no information available about who put this resource together.