Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Science Fair Frenzy

Brush off your beakers, get ready to drop eggs from the roof -- it's science fair time. FCPL reference staff have assisted a number of harried parents and students as of late, all on a quest for winning (or at least passing!) science fair project ideas and supporting materials. Below are some helpful resources available through the library as well as recommended Web sites to help parents and students get through this annual event.

Search the online catalog for science project materials including:

Access Science - Online database available 24/7 through the library's Web site. All you need is your library card number and you can access supporting articles and research for your science fair projects and research papers. Their Study Guides section provide a program of study and reference. The topics covered are linked to all relevant material for that topic on Access Science including encyclopedia articles, videos, news and more.

Discovery Education's Science Fair Central - Includes over 250 project ideas, tips from judges and previous winners and display tips.

Intel's International Science and Engineering Fair - Site for one of the most prestigious competitions, has a Science Fair Primer section for anyone involved in need of science fair project ideas that covers tips for students AND parents. Also includes a database of ISEF-affiliated fairs.

Neuroscience for Kids - The Experiment section of the Web site allows users to model a nervous system, create experiments on reflexes and advice on creating a successful science fair project.

ScienceBuddies.org - Use their topic selection wizard to figure out the best project for you.