Deciding on a science experiment is a little bit like settling on a research paper topic for many of our students. They often need a little guidance to figure out what truly interests them.
If this sounds too familiar, direct your students to Science Buddies, a website with over 1,000 experiment ideas that cover more than 30 different areas of science.
So that your students don’t have to rifle through their entire database of projects, Science Buddies set up a topic selection wizard, a survey quiz that asks users questions about their interests, grade, and reading comprehension level. Based on these answers, the topic selection wizard will find a collection of science experiment ideas that correspond to users’ interests and abilities.
There are a few other noteworthy things you’ll find on Science Buddies:
The Ask an Expert Forum
This is a place where students can go to find answers to science questions they can’t find elsewhere. If students have specific questions about their science fair project, Science Buddies’ team of volunteer scientists can help. While these experts won't do the work for students, they will make suggestions, offer guidance, and help students troubleshoot.
Explore Careers in Earth and Physical Science
Want to know more about careers in earth and physical sciences? Browse through detailed information on over 100 careers to discover what scientists really do and what it takes to prepare for these careers. Each career profile provides basic career information such as salary, job outlook, degree requirements, etc. Science Buddies has also included videos featuring interviews with real scientists or on-the-job profiles.