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Science Night

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Suggestions for Students:

  • Pick a topic that you have always wondered about (Clue: Volcanoes are not the only interesting thing out there!)
  • Your project does not have to be complicated to be a great project.
  • Consider doing a project inspired by science work that you have done in class. Your teacher could help you with ideas…
  • Get all the help you need, but do as much as you can yourself. It’s fun!
  • Perhaps you can collaborate on a project with a friend! (Check with your teacher).
  • Get started early!

Suggestions for Parents:

  • Resist the temptation to take over your child’s project or make it too complicated.
  • Do you have a scientific job or interest that you could share with the school? Consider doing a presentation yourself!
  • Want to help out?  Volunteers are always needed for  SET UP and CLEAN UP . We will need K-2 parents to SUPERVISE CLASSROOMS for an hour at a time. We also need ROVING SCIENCE MENTORS to engage kids in explaining their projects and encourage our young scientists. This is an easy once-off volunteering opportunity-please consider helping!

Making your Project

  • Projects should be  free-standing. (Cardboard tri-fold display panels available at Office Max or Fred Meyer are a good size).
  • Put your name, grade, your teacher’s name, and your classroom number on the FRONT of the project
  • Plan to bring your project to school on or before the morning of Science Night, and to take it home with you after Science Night.  Some teachers may have their students present their project at school the week before science night, so check in with them.
  • Please keep safety in mind. No open flames, toxic chemicals, or sharp objects!
  • Live animals are okay if safe, secure and supervised.>
  • If your project is oversized, or if you need electricity or special equipment, please contact the organizers ahead of time

Organizers :
TBD

Some Science Project Ideas for Science Night:
Build a device, and try to understand how it works. Some classic devices that were built for past Science Nights:

  • lemon battery
  • pinhole camera
  • balloon rockets
  • all manner of musical instruments
  • motorized nail buffer
  • robots
  • wind tunnel
  • toilet paper tube flashlights
  • catapult
  • trebuchet (please only hurl objects in a safe manner)
  • Investigate a physical phenomenon:
  • Why is the sky blue?
  • Why is the sunset red?
  • What makes the colors in soap bubbles?
  • Grow some crystals
  • What’s inside a geode?
  • What kinds of rocks are there in the Pacific Northwest?
  • What is the structure of different soils?
  • Investigate a natural phenomenon
  • Describe the parts of a flower
  • Describe the parts of a seed
  • Sprout seeds and test the effects of light, heat, gravity, water
  • Grow some mold
  • Grow some bacteria
  • Dissect a bug or a worm
  • Make a trap to sample insects in your garden
  • Research your favorite animal<
  • How many stomachs does a cow have?
  • What makes my stomach growl?
  • What are tree rings?
  • Try some chemistry:
  • Make pH indicator from purple cabbage
  • Bake cookies changing one key ingredient—what happens?
  • Investigate surface tension with magic milk
  • What does soda do to an eggshell (or your teeth)?
  • What happens when you mix baking soda and vinegar? WHY?

Here’s some help to get you started:

  • Ask a question about something that interests you. Use your science project to answer the question.
  • Here’s a cheap source of ideas: search “science experiment” or “science project” at the Seattle Public library. There are loads of books full of cool ideas.
  • Buy a science kit. Try a toy store like Top Ten Toys (104 N. 85th Street, Seattle 98103 | 206-571-2635)
  • Visit the Pacific Science Center for inspiration. 
  • Think about science projects you have done or are doing in class and take them one step further. (Weather, owl pellets, spiders, bones, balls and ramps, circuits, sound- talk to your teacher)

Visit these web pages for ideas: