Looking for an idea for a science project? Here are several science experiment ideas that use materials easily found in your house. A couple of them might require a trip to the grocery store or pharmacy, but mostly you can just raid the garage, kitchen or medicine chest for the ingredients. Many experiments you will want to do OUTSIDE. Each experiment will give you directions as well as suggest websites and books that will help you explain what science is at work during the experiment.
Science Project Ideas:
ATOMS & MOLECULES
Atoms: A Bunch of Empty Space
Density: Layer Column
Density: Marbling Paper
Miscible Molecules: Lava Bottle
Polymers: Poke Holes in a Ziploc
Polymers: Borax Goo
Polymers: Cornstarch Goo
Saturation: Growing Crystals
Soluability: Sharpie Pen Tie Dye
Supersaturated: Borax Crystals & Rock Candy
Static Electricity: Salt and Pepper Separator
Surface Tension: Pepper Scatter
Surface Tension: Soap Bubbles
Surface Tension: Sand Castles
Acids: Bouncing Egg
Chemical Bond: Kool Aid Tie Dye
Chemical Reaction: Exploding Ziploc
Chemical Reaction: Penny Cleaner
Chemical Reaction: Plastic Bottle Geyser
Chemical Reaction: Milk Play Dough
Chemical Reaction: Milk Glue
Nucleation: Mentos Volcano
Oxidation: Brown Apples
Aerodynamics: Paper Airplanes
Air Pressure: Do Not Open Bottle
Centripetal Force: Hex in a Balloon
Centripetal Force: Tornado in a Bottle
Friction: Thick Book Friction
Newton’s 1st Law (Inertia): Tablecloth Trick & Egg Drop
Newton’s Second Law: Comet Cratering
Newton’s Third Law: Rocket
Center of Gravity: Balance Pop Can
Chromatography: Black Ink
Engineering: Newspaper Geodesic Dome
Potential & Kinetic Energy: Marshmallow Catapult
Here are some websites that have great step-by-step directions and photographs for planning a great science project.
- The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Pinterest Board: Saturday Science
- Bill Nye the Science Guy Home Demos
- Science Bob
- Steve Spangler Science
- Science Buddies Project Selection Wizard
- ZOOM Science Activities
- Exploratorium Science Explorer
- The Kid’s Science Challenge
- YouTube Channel: BeardedScienceGuy Video science demonstrations from a middle school science teacher.
Science in Context: is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your IndyPL library card number. The Science in Context database will show you articles, images and videos about science topics.
Science Fair Discoverer is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch of at home. Login in using your IndyPL library card number. It is a great way to find experiments that use common around-the-house items. Search by asking where you want to begin: In the recycling bin? In the junk drawer? In the yard? In the Kitchen? In the Bathroom? When an experiment is selected, you will see a list of needed items and directions.
You can also ask a math and science expert for homework help by calling the Ask Rose Homework Hotline. They provide FREE math and science homework help to Indiana students in grades 6-12.
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