Science Fair Projects: How to Choose a Science Project for Your Child

Science is supposed to be fun, not dreaded. Science projects, and specifically, science fair projects can be fun, if you choose the right project for your child.

So how do you choose the right science project?

1. Check the science fair requirements and understand what criteria a “winning” project must meet. It’s no fun for you or your child, if you do all the work and get disqualified or marked down because the science project you chose didn’t meet the requirements.

2. Know what your timeline is. If the science fair is tomorrow, a project that requires a week to incubate isn’t going to work.

3. Figure out how much you have to spend. Science projects don’t have to break your budget. But you do want to make sure you can afford or get access to all the materials the project will need. It’s no fun to get all jazzed about an idea, only to have to say no because you can’t afford it.

4. Ask your child if they have any ideas they’d like to try or were thinking about. Most of our science project ideas have come directly from the kids themselves; and typically they are things I would never have thought of.

5. If your child doesn’t have an ideas, think about their interests. If your child is into rocks, do a geology project. If your child is into mixing things together, look at chemistry projects. If your child is into insects… well you get the idea. You and your child will enjoy the process so much more if it’s something that is interesting.

6. If you are having a hard time figuring out a topic to start with, search for ‘science fair projects” online or head over the library.

Generally the science project books are located by the general science topic. So for geology projects look under the “geology” or “earth science” section. Same with any other science topic. You’ll be amazed at the selection of projecs available.

From there, just ask your child to pick out a project that catches their interest, provided it fits within the science fair requirements, your timeline, and your budget.