Raising Sparks has lots of lovely fun and easy science experiments that you can use for your science fair projects. Some are very simple and quick to set up if you’ve left it a little late such as the fabulous Static Popcorn science experiment, but if you have the time it is well worth spending a couple of weeks preparing your project.
Read through our set up guides carefully and gather together all the items you need for your science fair project before you begin. We try very hard to ensure that all the items we use in our kids’ science experiments can be easily sourced. Don’t forget the judges will be more impressed if you follow our steps for the scientific method outlined below. Have fun!
Why does honey go grainy? Discover the secrets of super saturated solutions and make yourself some tasty rock candy into the bargain!
Clean Water Science
What goes on in a water treatment plant? Experiment with making your own water filters and our impressive solar powered water still. This is the fascinating science of water purification.
Will we ever run out of water? In this experiment learn how to create your own miniature world and learn all about the water cycle.
Why does rain fall in drops? Discover more about the fascinating properties of water and surface tension. Two easy experiments to help you explore surface tension.
Why do I sometimes get electric shocks from door handles? Discover the world of positive and negative charges with our amazing static popcorn experiment.
Impress your friends with these neat tricks to demonstrate inertia. Impress the judges with your knowledge of Newton’s Laws Of Motion!
How can you see water molecules moving? Try our fun science experiments and discover the effects of temperature on water density.
Use The Scientific Method
Step 1:The Question – All good 5th grade science fair projects start with a question, we’ve supplied some examples alongside our experiments. The question may focus on something ordinary from daily life such as ‘Why does bread go moldy?’ or it might be something you have read about or seen on TV such as Black Holes.
Step 2: Your Research -You need to find out as much about your subject as possible before starting your experiment this will help you to make predictions and form hypotheses.
Step 3:Hypothesis – Use your research to help you formulate a hypothesis. Keep it brief. Write a simple sentence describing what you think might happen when you perform an experiment.
Step 4: The Experiment. Scientists have to think of a ways to test their hypotheses. Luckily for you here at Raising Sparks we’ve got lots of great ideas for fun and easy science experiments.
Step 5: A Fair Test – Is your test a ‘fair test’? Sometimes experiments don’t always give the same results when repeated. This is because of ‘variables’, other factors which might affect the outcome of your experiment. Try to do several ‘controlled’ experiments never allowing more than one variable to change at a time.
Step 6: Data: Collect and record your findings appropriately. What do you need to measure your results? We always advise keeping post-it notes handy to jot things down during experiments. Why not jazz your project up with photographs and videos? Charts and graphs are always useful.
Step 7 :Observations- Make some detailed notes and be sure to record accurately – observe what did happen not what you would have liked to happen! Did anything happen that surprised you? Did your experiment go to plan? What can you learn from this? What other factors could have affected the outcome? There’s a good chance that you now have more questions than when you started out! Perhaps you need to repeat the experiment or change one of the variables to test other possible outcomes.
Step 8:Conclusions- Did the experiment support your hypothesis or not? Can you answer your original question?
You can check out more cool science experiments her on the Raising Sparks kids science homepage.