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‡ means materials for junior high students and up


DEWEY DECIMAL CLASSIFICATION NUMBERS

500     Natural Sciences
507.8  Experiments
510     Mathematics
520     Astronomy
530     Physics
540     Chemistry
550     Earth Sciences
560     Paleontology
570     Life Sciences
580     Botanical Sciences
590     Zoological Sciences
600     Technology
610     Medical Sciences
620     Engineering
630     Agriculture

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GENERAL RESOURCES

Web Sites

Gateway to Educational Materials: Science Fair Projects
Extensive and detailed step-by-step guide to doing a science fair project, plus dozens of ideas for projects.

† ‡ IPL Science Fair Project Resource Guide
A great place to start, this site from the Internet Public Library includes hints on how to get started, ideas and resources.

† ‡ Lane Public Library Science Fair Zone
Sort through an extensive list of sites for wide-ranging ideas and help. Occasional broken links, but over all excellent.

† ‡ ScienceStuff.com
How tos and lists of project ideas by grade and difficulty.

Books

Iritz, Maxine Haren. Super science fair sourcebook. New York: Learning Triangle Press, c1996.
NONFIC 507.8 IRITZ

† ‡ Perry, Phyllis Jean. Getting started in science fairs: from planning to judging. New York: TAB Books, c1995.
NONFIC 507.8 PERRY

Tocci, Salvatore. How to do a science fair project. Rev. ed. New York: Franklin Watts, c1997.
NONFIC 507.8 TOCCI

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HOW TO CREATE A PROJECT

Web Sites

† ‡ Science Fair Primer
Students can use information in this site to get started and run a science fair project.

The Ultimate Science Fair Resource
This site not only gives science fair ideas but also gives steps in creating a science fair project and specific examples of fair experiments and projects. Choose the Idea Bank for 1500 free project ideas.

Bookss

Tant, Carl. Science fair for non-scientists. Angleton, TX: Biotech Pub., c1996.
NONFIC 507.8 TANT

Tocci, Salvatore. How to do a science fair project. Rev. ed. New York, Franklin Watts, 1997.
JNF 507.8 TOCCI

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TOPICS AND IDEAS

Web Sites

All Science Fair Projects
A great idea site with over 500 science fair project ideas.

Fun Science Gallery
Intriguing ideas for projects.

Gateway to Educational Materials: Science Fair Projects
In the second half of the site, extensive lists of topic ideas.

† ‡ National Student Research Center
NSRC's quarterly e-journals on student science projects. Very bare-bones site but loads of ideas.

New Science Fairs
Topic ideas for students grades 9-12 from New Science Fairs in Canada.

Reeko's mad scientist lab
A variety of science project ideas from easy to advanced.

Science Activities
From the Franklin Institute a collection of science activities to consider.

Science Club
Clever projects from simple to advanced, most are fairly complex.

Science Fairs
More Science Fairs
Topic ideas for students grades 1-4 and 4-6 from New Science Fairs in Canada.

Books

† ‡ Adams, Richard. Ideas for science projects. Rev. ed. New York: Franklin Watts, 1997.
JNF 507.8 ADAMS

Bardhan-Quallen, Sudipta. Championship science fair projects: 100 sure-to- win experiments. New York: Sterling, c2004.
JNF 507.8 BARDHANQ

Brisk, Marion A. 1,001 ideas for science projects. 2nd ed. New York: Prentice Hall, c1994.
NONFIC 507.8 BRISK

Brisk, Marion A. 1001 ideas for science projects on the environment. New York: Macmillan USA, c1997.
NONFIC 507.8 BRISK

Brown, Bob. 200 illustrated science experiments for children. Blue Ridge Summit, PA: Tab Books, 1987.
JNF 507 BROWN

† ‡ Downie, Neil A. Vacuum bazookas, electric rainbow jelly, and 27 other Saturday science projects. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2001.
JNF and NONFIC 507.8 DOWNIE

† ‡ Gardner, Robert. Robert Gardner's favorite science experiments. New York: F. Watts, 1992.
JNF 507.8 GARDNER

Haas, Carolyn. Big book of fun: creative learning activities for home and school, ages 4-12. 2nd ed. Chicago, IL: Chicago Review Press, 1987.
JNF 372.5 HAAS

Newton, David E. Science /technology /society projects for young scientists. New York: F. Watts, 1991.
NONFIC 507.8 NEWTON

The Science explorer out and about: fantastic science experiments your family can do anywhere! Pat Murphy, Ellen Klages, Linda Shore, and the staff of the Exploratorium. New York: Henry Holt, c1997.
JNF 507.2 MURPHY

Smith, Norman F. How fast do your oysters grow?: investigate & discover through science projects. New York: J. Messner, 1982
JNF 507 SMITH

UNESCO, 700 science experiments for everyone. Rev. & enl. Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday [1964, c1962].
NONFIC 507.2 UNESCO

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SPECIAL TOPICS

Web Sites

Math Projects for Science Fairs
Numbers, scheduling, and games are just a few categories among the math project ideas for s science fairs.

† ‡ Neuroscience for Kids: Successful Science Fair Projects
Site made by Lynne Bleeker a former science teacher, science fair organizer, and judge. Gives a thorough and detailed description of the steps to a successful science fair project.

† ‡ Projects with Mushrooms & Fungi
Mushrooms offer many ideas for projects and experiments.

† ‡ Science Toys
Make toys with common household materials that demonstrate scientific principles.

Books

Berda, Marty. Science for all students. New York: Facts on File, 1998.
R507.8 SCIENCE     Note: Science experiments for students with disabilities.

† ‡ Bonnet, Robert L. Botany: 49 more science fair projects. Blue Ridge Summit, PA: TAB Books, 1991.
JNF 581 BONNET

† ‡ Bonnet, Robert L. Environmental science. Blue Ridge Summit, PA: TAB Books, 1990.
JNF and NONFIC 628.078 BONNET

† ‡ Bonnet, Robert L. Science fair projects: energy. New York, Sterling Publishers, 1997.
JNF 531.6 BONNET

† ‡ Bonnet, Robert L. Science fair projects: flight, space and astronomy. New York: Sterling, 1997.
JNF 520.78 BONNET

† ‡ Brisk, Marion A. 1001 ideas for science projects on the environment. New York: Macmillan, 1997.
NONFIC 507.8 BRISK

† ‡ Coulter, George. Science in food. Vero Beach, Fla.: Rourke Publications, 1995.
JNF 540.78 COULTER

† ‡ Coulter, George. Science in music. Vero Beach, Fla.: Rourke Publications, 1995.
JNF 507.8 COULTER

† ‡ Coulter, George. Science in sports. Vero Beach, Fla.: Rourke Publications, 1995.
JNF 507.8 COULTER

† ‡ Dashefsky, H. Steve. Botany: high-school science fair experiments. New York: TAB Books, 1995.
NONFIC 581.078 DASHEFSKY

Dashefsky, H. Steve. Environmental science: high-school science fair experiments. New York: TAB Books, 1994.
NONFIC 574.5078 DASHEFSKY

Dashefsky, H. Steve. Insect biology: 49 science fair projects. New York: TAB Books, 1992.
JNF 595.7 DASHEFSKY

Dashefsky, H. Steve. Microbiology: high-school science fair experiments. New York: TAB Books, 1995.
NONFIC 576.078 DASHEFSKY

Dashefsky, H. Steve. Zoology: 49 science fair projects. New York: TAB Books, 1995.
NONFIC 591.078 DASHEFSKY

Dashefsky, H. Steve. Zoology: high school science fair experiments. New York: TAB Books, 1995.
NONFIC 591.076 DASHEFSKY

† ‡ Gardner, Robert. Experiments with bubbles. Hillside, NJ: Enslow Pub., 1995.
JNF 530.4275 GARDNER

† ‡ Gardner, Robert. Science projects about animal behavior. Springfield, NJ: Enslow Pub., 1997.
JNF 591.5 GARDNER

† ‡ Gardner, Robert. Science projects about chemistry. Hillside, NJ: Enslow Pub., 1994.
JNF 540 GARDNER

† ‡ Gardner, Robert. Science projects about light. Hillside, NJ: Enslow Pub., 1994.
JNF 535 GARDNER

† ‡ Gardner, Robert. Science projects about the human body. Hillside, NJ: Enslow Pub., 1993.
JNF 612 GARDNER

† ‡ VanCleave, Janice Pratt. Janice VanCleave's A+ projects in biology: winning experiments for science fairs and extra credit. New York: Wiley, 1993.
NONFIC 570.078 VANCLEAV

† ‡ VanCleave, Janice Pratt. Janice VanCleave's electricity: mind- boggling experiments you can turn into science fair projects. New York: Wiley, 1994.
JNF 537 VANCLEAV

† ‡ VanCleave, Janice Pratt. Janice VanCleave's plants: mind-boggling experiments you can turn into science fair projects. New York: Wiley, 1997.
JNF 581 VANCLEAV

VanCleave, Janice Pratt. Janice VanCleave's play and find out about nature: 50 fun and easy experiments and ideas for young children. New York: Wiley, 1997.
JNF 578 VANCLEAV

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SCIENCE RESOURCES

Web Sites

† ‡ Garbage Online Exhibits
"How can my community find ways to reduce waste?"

† ‡ How Things Work
"Explaining the physics of everyday life," a site for background information and ideas.

† ‡ How Stuff Works
From hurricanes to escalators to fire walking, help explore the science behind science fair projects. Site search available.

† ‡ Internet Public Library Science Resources
Annotated collection of science and technology web sites from the Internet Public Library.

† ‡ NASA
Life on Earth, humans in space, and exploring the universe from the National Aeronautics & Space Administration.

† ‡ NOAA
Information on climate & weather from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.

† ‡ Science.gov
"Authoritative selected science information provided by US government agencies."

† ‡ US Geological Survey
"Federal source for science about Earth, its natural & living resources, natural hazards, & the environment."

Books

Encyclopedia of earth & physical sciences. New York: Marshall Cavendish, 1998.
R 500.203 ENCYCLOP

Encyclopedia of life sciences. Anne O'Daly, editor-in-chief. New York: Marshall Cavendish Corp., 1996.
R 574.03 LIFE

Experiment central: understanding scientific principles through projects. John T. Tanacredi & John Loret, general editors. Detroit: U-X-L, 2000.
NONFIC 507.8 EXPERIME and R507.8 EXPERIME

How it works: science & technology. 3rd ed. New York: Marshall Cavendish, 2003.
R 603 HOW

More science experiments on file: experiments, demonstrations, & projects for school & home. New York: Facts on File, 1991.
R 507.8 MORE

New book of popular science. Danbury, CT: Grolier, 2003.
JNF 500 NEW

Science experiments on file. New York: Facts on File, 1999.
R 507.9 SCIENCE

VanCleave, Janice Pratt. Janice VanCleave's science experiment sourcebook. New York: John Wiley, 1997.
R 507.8 VANCLEAV

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