Here is a perfect tool for the DIY Homeschool Mom: The Ultimate Science Project Notebook by Kathleen Hooper Julicher. Published by Castle Heights Press in 1993 and revised in 2008, this 47-page download is now available free!
Most science project books are filled with the classic projects you have seen many times in science fairs. These projects teach a little about the scientific method and a lot about cookbook science. Most of the projects are well known and seem to take a lot of the parents’ time to help the student put together and display a science project. For these reasons I have put together this booklet containing some suggestions to make your project both fun and real science.
The steps included to illustrate an understanding of the scientific method are a bit more robust than those we generally encounter:
- Statement of the problem.
- Research of literature on the topic.
- Materials list.
- Procedure used.
- Statistical analysis.
- Sources of error.
- Possibilities for future research.
Each step is fully explained in the text. The author suggests that high school students make at least an attempt at including all of these steps. You will also find other tips for succeeding at a science fair along with helps for making a good chart, choosing a topic, and an outline to use as a plan of action.
The remainder and bulk of the download are 50 scientific project ideas in the areas of:
- Electromagnetic radiation.
- Light transmission.
- Plant growth and light color.
- Temperature effects on electronic equipment.
- Human reflex testing.
- School supplies.
- Water flow rate.
- Temperature effects on tone.
- Perception of color.
- Blood sugar effects on muscle fatigue.
- Materials strength.
- Rocket stability.
- Burning wood.
- Oil stability.
- Polishing compound effectiveness.
- Error detection in computer programming.
- Natural pigments.
- Brine shrimp and pond organisms.
Even if your student has no intention of entering a science fair, as an educator interested in science, you’ll find this book a gift!