Pragmatic Mom

January 31, 2010

6th Grade Science Projects

My Dad Friend had previously suggested The Birds and Bees Sex Talk which was very popular  so I have been hounding him for other topic suggestions since he seems to have his pulse on parenting issues.  His 6th grader just had a Science Fair Day where everyone exhibited their science projects and I bugged him so much he actually blackberried me the projects he saw as he walked around the room.

And here they are, plus a few more that I added.  And might I add that there are a lot of Science Project websites out there in cyberspace. Apparently, this is a rite of passage that everyone is keen to cash in on.  So, I am suggesting science project ideas that do not require major purchases in the form of a kit!  I also have added a few websites with great science project ideas laid out in a very accessible way.

Which paper towel absorbs the most liquid?

What type of fabric best resists stains?

What is the impact of relaxing music on test taking (simple math problems given to groups of kids)

Which material is the best thermal insulator?

Measure speed of fruit rot in a container or not in container

Impact of butter versus  margarine on taste of baked products

Duration of burning by different types of paper

Fabrics – which burns fastest?

Kinds of wood – which burns fastest?

Which eggs float?  (raw, hard boiled, soft boiled, rotten eggs)

Shadow tracing during different times of the day

What attracts the most insect pests  (mosquitos, flies, gnats with sweat, sweet smelling plants, light or dark clothing)

How do different style pencils or grips affect writing fatigue?

What plants are edible in your backyard? www.bio.brandeis.edu/fieldbio/bersbach/EdiblePlants/home.html; http://www.ansci.cornell.edu/plants/medicinal/portula.html

Could you survive on just what grows in your neighborhood? www.bio.brandeis.edu/fieldbio/bersbach/EdiblePlants/home.html; http://www.ansci.cornell.edu/plants/medicinal/portula.html

Paper airplane science: http://www.easy-science-fair-projects.net/paper-airplane-science-fair-project.html

Which type of food molds the fastest in the same place: bananas, milk, bread or cheese? http://www.freesciencefairproject.com/projects/mold_experiment.html

What effect does music have on plant growth? http://www.freesciencefairproject.com/projects/plants_music.html

I thought these  websites were useful:

http://school.discoveryeducation.com/sciencefaircentral/Getting-Started/idea-finder.html

http://www.easy-science-fair-projects.net/elementary-science-fair-projects.html

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1 Comment »

  1. Science Fairs! Take a look at this website called MEET ME AT THE CORNER, Virtual Field Trips for Kids
    (www.meetmeatthecorner.org). It is a great site of educational free kid-friendly video podcasts. Each episode comes with links to fun websites about the topic and a Learning Corner of questions and extended activities.

    This week it is a visit to the Thomas Edison Museum to meet Patrick Garner who portrays Edison and talks about America’s favorite inventor.

    Comment by Donna Guthrie — February 5, 2010 @ 4:47 pm | Reply


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