Thursday, November 10, 2011

Science Fair Resources

What Makes A Good Science Fair
"A website from USC that gives a lot of good tips and ideas to think about regarding what makes a good science fair project."*
IPL: Science Fair Project Resource Guide
"Are you looking for some help with a science fair project? If so, then you have come to the right place. The IPL will guide you to a variety of web site resources, leading you through the necessary steps to successfully complete a science experiment. If you have never done a science fair project before, it has been a while, or you just want to be sure you do a really great job be sure and look at the following websites for tips on what makes a good project before doing anything else. This way you will know ahead of time what will be expected of you..."

The Archimedes Initiative
"Student interviews on an array of insightful projects providing excellent advice from conquering fears to working through unforeseen results." *

Intel International Science and Engineering FairA "searchable database of abstracts provides a powerful resource to help with project ideas and as perhaps a first step in a literature search. Abstracts are searchable by key word, discipline, finalist name, fair id, state or country." This site also has "Tips and Advice from alumni."
Science Buddies Includes a database of project ideas and an "Advanced Science Project" guide, which provides overview of top high school science fair contests.


Online databases available through Hunter College High School's Library.
These databases, especially Ebscohost's Academic Search Premier and Infotrac's Academic OneFile are great places to look for magazine articles. You should be able to access these databases from home using your hunter email username and password. Let us know if this is not the case.

Other science fair resources:


MAD Scientist Library
"Welcome to the MadSci Library, an excellent starting point for exploring science resources on the WWW."

The Discover Channel's Science Fair Resouce Page
"Creative investigations into the real world." This site provides a complete guide to science fair projects. Check out the 'Handbook' which features information from Janice VanCleave, a popular author who provides everything you need to know for success. You can even send her a question about your project. [From IPL.]

SEED: Science Lab
"The Science Lab offers activities related to geology, physics, and space. Geared for ages 10–18, all of the projects come with a background lesson and most require minimal prep time. Created by: Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development, New York, NY." [quoted from :]

Ask an expert
[Scroll down to "Ask An Expert"] "Most of your research will probably be done on the internet or at the library, but if you’ve looked everywhere you can find, but still don’t have an answer, then it might be time to call an expert. At these sites, there are expert scientists who can answer your questions.

Before you send a question, be sure to read through each site’s archives, because someone may have already asked your question. Also, you should remember that it will usually take at least a couple days, maybe longer, for you to receive an answer."