Science fairs are a marvelous way for your children to learn and grow. These innovative projects are fun and easy, and make learning fun for kids.
Left and Right Sides
Kids know that each person is either right-handed or left-handed. This science experiment explores if people are also right-footed, and stronger in the right eye or right ear. Test people for a dominant foot by asking them to kick a ball. Note which foot they use. Ask people to see which ear they use to hear things. Whisper something and note which ear they turn towards the sound. Create a graph and note the correlation between the two.
One of the most fun ideas for 5th grade science project is creating a lemon battery. Squeeze four lemons. Put a piece of copper and a nail into a lemon. Use alligator clip wires to connect the lemons. Attach an additional alligator clip to light. The lemons and copper will light up the battery and show how you can use acid as a form of power.
Growing Bacteria In Petri Dishes
Bacteria are all around us. Kids can explore what this means by using petri dishes to grow their own. You’ll need about a gram of agar and a quarter cup of hot water to start. Boil it in the microwave for three minutes. Remove, let cool, and put it on the bottom of a petri dish with a warmed-up nutrient agar mixture. Then, cover it loosely on top. Finally, get bacteria from surfaces with a cotton swab and put the dishes in a warm place and let them grow. This can be unpleasant and smelly so keep it in a secure place away from other things.
Paper airplanes and kids are natural. Pair them in this charming science project. Kids can make paper airplanes out of varied materials and sizes. They should come up with a hypothesis as to which type of material will make the plane go the fastest and the farthest. They can also come up with conditions that might influence the flight of the plane such as the backyard versus placing it indoors and document what happens under real-world conditions. That’s one way to learn about airflow.
Gummy Bear Osmosis
Gummy bears are a beloved childhood treat. Capture children’s attention by letting them figure out exactly how to dissolve them. This is a great one to use varied colors in order to directly see results. Put the red ones in vinegar. Add green gummy bears to liquid soap. Use gold bears in the water. You can use all kinds of other materials such as milk, sugar water, and water to which you’ve added a bit of baking soda. Allow time to watch what happens to each cup where you have different colored gummy bears.
Teaching science offers a chance to get creative and think in new ways. These science fair projects make it easy to accomplish that goal.