Science Fair Resources for 2019

February 27, 2019
Written by:
Tasha Swearingen

Science fair season is fast approaching – are you ready for it? For some families, the science fair is the highlight event of the year! The opportunity to conduct really cool experiments, show off an incredible display board, and compete against peers appeals to many students. Do you know what science fair project your student will do this year? If not, have a look through some of our resources that are sure to help you decide!

EE = Early Elem MS = Middle School HS = High School T = Teacher Resources

Resources for Science Project Ideas:

  • Weird Science Kids – (EE, MS, HS, T) – This website is available through The Wayback Machine but it’s chock FULL of good science experiments. From “Egg in a Bottle” to “Tornado in a Bottle” to “Smoke Ring Launcher,” your students are sure to find something exciting to experiment with!
  • ChemShorts for Kids – (EE, MS) – ChemShorts for Kids offers a variety of experiments that date back to when we were kids! You’ll find some classic science experiments and some that use ! modern technology.
  • Super Science Fair Projects: Ideas, Topics, and Experiments – (EE, MS, HS, T) – You could honestly order everything your student needs for participating in the science fair from this site. Whether your student is in kindergarten, looking for middle school science fair projects or high school science projects, this site has it all There’s even information for teachers to look through, learn, and teach to students. Bonus: they also have complete science fair project kids available.
  • How to Make a Solar Concentrator – (MS, HS) – Students can learn how to harness the sun’s energy by creating and using a solar concentrator. The cool thing about the concentrator is that you can focus the heat on a specific area if you’d like. Making one is fairly easy, and students can use it for various purposes from solar cooking to pasteurization.
  • Tornado in a Bottle – (EE) – Do your younger students see this experiment and ask to do it? We found a very simple tornado in a bottle for kids! PBS Zoom has it on their site and it’s very kid-friendly!
  • Simple Home Science Experiments – (EE) – Let’s face it: doing science experiments with younger students doesn’t always get us excited. We anticipate doing most of it and there being a mess when we’re done. The solution? Letting your student do simple science experiments!
  • STEAM Experiment: Christmas Edition –  (EE, MS, HS, T) – Are your students starting to go stir crazy over Christmas break? Give them something fairly easy to do while they’re possibly snowed in. Learn how to make a snowglobe the easy way!
  • STEM – Holiday Science – (EE, MS, T) – We’re bringing you even more holiday STEM experiments! In this blog post, you as the teacher will also learn the 5E method of science instruction. This method covers some important aspects of teaching science to your students!
  • 3 STEM Experiments to Kickstart Your Homeschool Year – (EE, MS, HS) – Are you looking for a way to jumpstart the school year with a bang? Check out these STEM experiments!
  • Homeschool High School for Free: Science – (HS, T) – This is actually a blog post full of resources for teaching science for free. However, if you scroll down, there’s a plethora of information and resources aimed at helping your student prepare for the science fair!
  • STEM Experiment: Illuminate Your Flag! – (HS) – Students will learn all about conductors and insulators as they perform this high school science experiment! Then, they’ll create conductor dough and insulator dough and in the end, illuminate a flag!
  • Dr. Shawn’s Super Science Fair Project Support Blog – (EE, MS, HS, T) – Finally – a site devoted to helping students, parents, teachers, and homeschoolers “learn how to actually do real science.” Dr. Shawn doesn’t keep up with this blog anymore, but every thing there is well worth the read! Students and homeschooling parents will enjoy the information he’s provided!

A homeschool science fair is an exciting opportunity for students to put their talents to use on display! Whether your student is more into life science or chemistry-related experiments, you’ll find it in the resources we’ve included!

Tasha Swearingen

Tasha is a homeschooling mom to 5 and has been homeschooling for 14 years. Currently, her children's ages span from toddler to young adult. Tasha has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Social Sciences from Florida State University and is working on her MBA through SNHU/Berklee School of Music.