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Science Fair Projects Made Fun and Easy

Middle School Science Fair Projects Made Fun and Easy | By Dee Schrock

Middle school science fair projects are a transition phase for students, neither too elementary nor too high school level. However, just because it is your transition stage does not mean that you have to be ambivalent about your middle school science experiments, far from it. Instead, you should show off your accumulated knowledge and passionate interest in science by adopting any of the following projects. Just remember that before you choose one, you should have assessed in which field of science you are most interested in. This way, you will be more motivated to do your research, conceptualize your project and then accomplish your vision.

Renewable Energy


One of the hottest topics for middle school science fair projects today is renewable energy in the form of solar power and wind turbines. You can tap into this interest by constructing a model of how solar panels and/or wind turbines work to provide energy and electricity to home and industries. This is probably one of the easiest and yet most eye-catching middle school science fair projects for many reasons. For one thing, you can purchase ready-made, easy-to-assemble and easy-on-the-pocket kits for solar energy and wind power science projects. For another thing, you can make it as eye-catching as possible with the addition of houses and buildings complete with lights.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

You may also purchase a ready-made kit for the hydrogen fuel cell car, which provides for 30 distinct experiments. You will be able to demonstrate the workings and benefits of the energy-efficient car, which is one of the more notable inventions technologies of the century. Among the experiments contained in the kit are the uses of solar power for vehicle power, the utilization of fuel cell to separate the oxygen and hydrogen atoms in water, and demonstration of electrolysis. Well, of course, you can always make your own experiments just so your middle school science fair projects stand out from the rest of the competition.

Magnetic Levitation Train

Now this is one science fair project that is absolutely possible! You will, of course, need to do your research about the principle behind the magnetic levitation train, purchase the necessary materials like ceramic magnets for the lifter-rails, wood for the guide rails and model cars, and then execute your drawings and plans. You can then perform experiments with the completed Maglev train set such as using gravity to push the car forward and using the car itself to move something along its path. You can be very creative, maybe even perform quantitative and qualitative analysis of your experiments.

Resurrecting the Dead


Fishes, that is. You are basically recreating the technology of cryonics where dead fishes are placed in a state of suspended animation, which is used in Japan to preserve the freshness of the day’s catch. As part of your middle school science fair projects, you can follow the example of two brothers who supposedly resurrected a dead goldfish by using Mountain Dew, water and a 9-volt battery. Of course, you have to do it on a trial and error basis but that’s where the fun of discovery lies. However, conduct your research before you go about killing all the goldfishes in your home’s aquarium.

With these ideas for middle school science fair projects, you will definitely get the attention of the judges and do yourself, your parents and your teachers proud.

For more middle school science fair projects and step-by-step instructions, visit http://www.easy-kids-science-experiments.com. Be sure to check out the site for tons of simple science projects elementary science experiments, middle school, and high school science.
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Rocketry Experiments Apologia Science Curriculum

Rocketry Experiments Apologia Science Curriculum | By Aurora Lipper

Every action triggers an equal reaction in the opposite direction. There are many experiments that can use this principle, and it’s my goal to take you beyond your Apologia science curriculum experience, by making science fun and easy for you.


Have you ever kicked a brick wall? Off course you ended up hurting your toe. As strange as it may sound, when you kicked the brick wall, the stationary wall exerted an equal reaction force in the opposite direction, and therefore you felt the pain. Kick harder and it will hurt more- equal reaction force, you see?

This law has been explained by Sir Isaac Newton centuries ago, and came to be known as his Third Law of Motion. This is the same law that is at work when rockets are launched. If you have searched for cool rocketry experiments in the Apologia science curriculum and other homeschool programs, you will be glad that you found me. Let me show you a fun way of using balloons to simulate the launching of rockets.

Single-Stage Balloon Rocket: Take a twenty-foot long nylon fishing line and tie one end to a window or something strong. Pass the free end of the line through a plastic drinking straw and tie the free end to another strong object such as another window or a bed. The fishing line must be stretched and not left hanging loose. Now blow a long balloon and secure the mouth with a clothespin. Tape this balloon to the straw in such a way that the length of the balloon is parallel to the length of the straw.

Now remove the clothespin and observe what happens. When you remove the clothespin, air is pushed out of the deflating balloon with great force in one direction. Therefore an equal force is exerted on the balloon in the opposite direction, and the balloon moves. The same principle is used in launching rockets into the air.

If your Apologia science curriculum experience stopped here, let me take you further. Some rockets that need to go higher use double fuel tanks or double stages. In the next experiment, I will teach you how to make a cool double-stage balloon rocket.

Double-Stage Balloon Rocket: This experiment is similar to the single-stage balloon rocket experiment; only pass the fishing line through two straws instead of one. Make a one-inch ring out of a Styrofoam coffee cup by removing the base of the cup. Now blow a long balloon just enough so that it can fit snugly inside this Styrofoam ring with the rounded head of the balloon extending a little beyond the ring. Secure the mouth of this balloon with a clothespin. Tape this balloon to the straw on the left hand side with the balloon head pointing to the right.

Now inflate and tape a second long balloon lengthwise to the straw on the right hand side. Twist the mouth-end of the balloon to form a one inch tail. Now pass this tail through the Styrofoam ring and under the first balloon. The air pressure of the first balloon will keep the second balloon from getting deflated.


Bring these two connected balloons to the left hand side of the fishing line and remove the clothespin from the first balloon. What happens?

To get great science experiments and activities, visit the free “Homeschool Parent’s Guide to Teaching Science” at the link below.

A great free resource for really cool science experiments and activities is the Homeschool Science Experiment Guide. Another good homeschool resource for science ideas, experiments and activities, is the homeschool science blog (just click on the Blog link). Definitely worth bookmarking.

Have Fun!

About the Author

Aurora Lipper has been teaching science to kids for over 10 years. She is also a mechanical engineer, university instructor, pilot, astronomer, a real live rocket scientist (You should see the lab in her basement!) and a mom. She has inspired thousands of kids with the fun and magic of science.
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