When you are in high school your schedule is jam packed with activities and responsibilities. Not only are you taking more difficult classes, but you are expected to complete a lot more assignments. If you have been assigned a science fair project and you are down to your last day to work on it and have yet to start then these tips are for you. They will help you to complete a science fair project in just one day.
Tip #1 Select a Topic You All Ready Know About
The best option that you have is to select a topic for your science fair project that you all ready know something about, and preferably a topic that you have all ready done research on. Your science textbook is a good source for topics to work with, as is the Internet. Since you will need to complete a literature review, more commonly known as background research, then go online or to your library and select five resources on your topic. Read the introduction and summary to mine out the most important pieces of information. The summaries from your research will make up the first part of your project report after the introduction.
Tip #2 Use a Sample Science Fair Project
A good way to cut corners on project development and design is to use a sample science fair project. You cannot just copy a sample project point by point. Instead you will take the basic principles from the sample and expand on them. For example, the project may test the effect that heat has on a certain chemical reaction. You can alter this project by focusing on how cold impacts the same chemical reaction.
Tip #3 Look for a Behavior Project Opportunity
Human behavior is a great topic for a quick science fair project. For example, you can study how smiling at people in a mall impacts their facial expressions. To complete the experiment all you have to do is walk through a mall for an hour smiling at people and counting how many people smile back.
Tip #4 Expand on Class Demonstrations
Another option that you have for a quick science fair project is to simply expand on a classroom experiment or demonstration. The classroom demonstration can act as the primer for your project. For example a physics demonstration may show you how to calculate the force of a bowling ball impacting a wall. Your project can use the formula and basic experiment set up to determine how force can be increased by manipulating a specific characteristic of the experiment, such as the speed of the ball or the distance that the ball travels before hitting the wall.