Science Fair Categories And Sample Questions

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Science Fair Categories

And Sample Questions



Below are some sample questions to give you an idea of what types of questions to ask.

You may use one of these, or choose one of your own.


If you pick a general question


it will more than likely be consi
dered a Research project and will be put into the
Research Category. Please Note: Research projects are welcome and will compete at the

School

level but

WILL NOT

be eligible to move on to the Area Science Fair.


Also


the Research Category is availabl
e

for students K


3
rd

grade. 4
th



6
th

graders
must

do a Testable Question




Zoology
: Pet Studies, Nutrition, Life Cycles of Insects, Food Chains etc.

Re
search Questions



Testable Questions

What sounds do insects make?

Does temperature affect the numbe
r of chirps a cricket sings in a minute?

How do Mice learn?

Does age affect how quickly mice learn to run through a maze?


Electricity and Magnatism
: Solar power, Battery life, Lasers, Magnets, etc.


Research Questions

Testable
Questions

How does an electr
ical current

What materials best conduct electricity?

work?

How does a battery work?

What brand of battery last the longest?


Chemistry:

Elements, Evaporation, Crystal Growth, Acid/Base Reactions, etc.

Research Questions

Testable Questions

How do Crystals
grow?

Which type of Crystal will grow the fastest?

How does water turn into gas?

Does temperature affect evaporation?


Physics
: Light, Mass, Liquids/Solids/Gases, Machines / Moti
on,

Rocketry etc.

Research Questions

Testable Questions

Why do things float?

W
hich liquid has more buoyancy?

What make things a certain color?

Which color absorbs more heat?


Earth / Environmental:

Fossils, Erosion, Weather, Crystals, Geology, Oceanography, etc.

Research Questions

Testable Questions

What is a Crystal?

Which Crystal
is the strongest?

What kind of soils are in Colorado?

Which type of soil will erode the quickest?


Human Body / Health:

Nutrition, Effects of Drugs, Learning, Exercise, Color Perception, etc

Research Questions

Testable Questions

What are healthy foods?

Do
eating sweets make you better at video games?

How does exercise make you

Does body weight determine strength?

stronger?


Material Science:
Strength, Insulating Properties, Flexibility of Materials etc..

Research Questions

Testable Questions

How does wool
keep you warm?

What material insulated the 3 Little Pigs the best (straw, sticks, or brick)?

How does paper absorb water?

Which paper towel is the strongest?


Continued on Back


Science Fair Categories

And Sample Questions cont
.


Microbiology:

Molds, Yeast
, Bacteria, Algae, etc. (all microorganisms must be sealed in hard plastic container)

Research Questions

Testable Questions

What is that green stuff

Do molds grow better in humid or dry conditions?

growing on
my muffin?

Who has a cleaner mouth, a dog or a
human?


Aerodynamics / Fluid Mechanics:

Solid bodies moving through air or liquids.

Research

Testable Questions

How does an airplane fly?

Which paper airplane design will go farthest?

Why are race cars fast?

Which race car design will go the fastest?


Bota
ny:

Plant growth, Effects of pollution, climate changes, insects on plants. Etc..

Research

Testable Questions

How do plants grow?

How much water is n
ecessary for a violet to thrive?


Structures:
Bridge strength, Arches, Ship Designs
, etc.

Research Questi
ons

Testable Questions

How are bridges built?

Which bridge design will hold the most weight?

When did man start using Arches?

Does height and width affect the amount of load an arch will hold?


Research:

Any project that is not answering a testable questi
on will be put into the Research Category.

The Research Category is available to K


3
rd

graders.







6 Simple Steps to Pa
rticipate in the
Science Fair:


1. Use the above Categories and sample questions to think of what you want to do for your experimen
t.


You can also go online to search “science fair ideas” and see what you come up with.


2. Decide what question you want to answer.


3. Complete the

Science Fair Registration Form.


4. Turn your form
in
to the office.


5. Receive
your packet (wi
th more detailed instructions) and your display board.


6. Get Started!!



HAVE FUN!!

Remember


each participant that completes a project and has it to the school by February 3
rd


will be entered into the drawing for Fun Prizes!!