How to create a great…and winning science fair project

You’re probably at this website because you’ve been assigned to do a science fair project. Maybe you’re thinking about this like your other school work. No!

Doing a science fair project doesn’t have to be anything like school work. In fact it can be great fun, if you choose a topic or project on something that’s really interesting to you. Do you like plants or food, or computers or sports? Do you enjoy roller coasters, computer games or dinosaurs? Have you ever asked yourself why something works the way it does? Science is all around you, and you can do a science project on anything that interests you. You’re only limited by your own imagination.

It doesn’t matter if you’re in elementary school, middle school or high school, you should go through the same process to pick a topic. The most important thing is to choose a subject that’s interesting and fun for you — and your science fair project won’t be mind-numbing like some of your other schoolwork might be.

If you’re genuinely interested in the subject of your science fair project, then your interest will come through in the quality of your project, and in your interviews with the judges.

What are your thoughts about picking a fun and engaging science fair project? Post your ideas below.

Barnas, ISEF Winner Science Fair

A life-long interest and passion for all-things dinosaurs, resulted in 16 year old Barnas Monteith winning first place in the International Science and Engineering Fair. [The Patriot Ledger, May 23/24 1992]