Elementary School Science Projects
An idea for a science project for a child who is in elementary school can sometimes be a challenge to come up with. There are a lot of different project ideas out there but, which one is appropriate for a child in elementary school?
Doing a science experiment is about finding the answer to a question by trail and error. When it comes to elementary school kids, this can be very easy or very complicated. Most likely the student receives a list of topics along with the assignment. This is an excellent way to get an idea of what kind of project to do. Highlight the topics that the student finds the most interesting. A great way to show creativity and an acceleration to learn is to pick the topic yourself. But, that still leaves the question what is an age appropriate topic.
At this level, the topic should not be too complicated and it should be something that the child has an interest in finding the answer to. If the child has an interest in chemistry, they can show how different liquids expand or contrast through heating or freezing them. Or maybe they have an interest in botany and they would like to show how plants grow towards the light. With these two projects, very simple known results are broken down and are able to be proven on a very basic level. These are the type of topics that students at this level should be looking for. Choosing a topic that is too complicated will most likely lead to a project that is frustrating and dull for the student who is performing it.
Pick a couple of different topics so you can narrow the choices down. Do a little bit of research on each topic that was chosen so you can understand what is involved in the project. Also, figure out the amount of time it will take to complete the experiment. Some experiments can take over a month to complete. The student will need to choose a project that can be done within the time frame that is already set by the teacher or school.
Plus, a good idea to consider when choosing a science project is a budget. Figure out after the research has been done, what kinds of supplies will be needed to complete the project and if the budget will allow it. The student will also benefit from a project that reinforces what is being taught in school. This will show good judgment on the part of the student and a willingness to go beyond the curriculum to further enlighten themselves on what is already being taught. Another good way to show the student’s good judgment is to pick a project that can limit the involvement of their parents. By doing this, the student is exhibiting a desire to learn on their own and that the results, whether they come out all wrong or all right, are the direct result of the student’s ability to fallow directions and their determination to find out the answer to their question.
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