So you have a science fair coming up at school and want to make a project that’s sure to win a prize ribbon? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Choosing the right project requires plenty of research. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best science fair projects for young learners to help you along your search.
These 50 science fair project ideas are all great for early and older elementary school students, with a few suitable for middle school students as well. Make a topic that fascinates you, come up with a hypothesis, and see what happens next!
Plus, once you’ve chosen your topic, use this science fair project how-to video from NASA as a helpful guide.
Important note: Some of these science fair projects require the help or supervision of an adult. Always make sure an older family member is nearby and knows what you’re doing as you work on these projects.
1. With this science fair experiment, you can learn what factors affect melting ice.
2. Try this magic milk experiment for an easy science fair project that younger students can accomplish.
3. How much sun does a seed need to sprout? Discover the answer by trying this project you can easily complete from home.
4. Build your own water clock and see how well you can get it to measure time.
5. If you’re interested in a little microbiology, try out this egg cell experiment.
6. What’s the best way to prevent apples from browning? Find out for yourself and make sure to record the results.
7. Do birds eat more food if it is a certain color? Find out with this intriguing experiment.
8. Discover how clouds turn water vapors into rain and diagram a few common types of clouds through this kid-friendly science fair project.
9. Make your own plant cell model using styrofoam and playdough.
10. Learn about aerodynamics by experimenting with paper airplane shapes and seeing which one flies best.
11. Learn how to accelerate the rusting process with this quick and thought-provoking science project.
12. Want to learn about water and density for your project? Perform this floating egg experiment and try out the follow-up questions at the bottom.
13. This project about bending light is perfect for older elementary school students who want to dip their toes into physics.
14. This biology-based science experiment asks, “Will plants grow towards a specific light source?”
15. Learn about greenhouse gases with this science fair idea.
16. Experiment with what makes fruit ripen quickly and write down your results to present at your science fair.
17. Use this hands-on experiment to explore how carbonated sodas affect teeth.
18. Which factors affect evaporation? Find out for yourself with this project that’s perfect for students who can complete it with a little adult supervision.
19. Find out which types of toothpaste work the best and, after measuring your results, try and come up with a conclusion.
20. If the weather is warm out during your science fair, try building a solar oven.
21. For a simple chemistry project, you can make sugar crystals and see what material works best for growing them.
22. Which common material is the best heat conductor? Find out with this science fair project that can be done with adult supervision, as it needs boiling water.
23. Craft your own thermos bottle and test it out for a project all about insulation.
24. Make a DIY thermometer and test it out for a practical and hands-on science project.
25. Try this celery experiment to learn how plant capillaries work.
26. How does the air temperature affect movement? Use this fun idea as a model for your own experiment.
27. If you’re passionate about the environment, try this recycling experiment for your science fair project
28. How does paint color affect drying time? Make your predictions and test it out for yourself.
29. Learn which soil is best for growing tomatoes if your science fair takes place during warm weather.
30. Build your own lemon battery and see if you can get it to work to learn about electricity.
31. If you want to try the epitome of science fair projects, try making a science fair volcano.
32. How much sugar is in different popular foods? If you’re interested in health science, try this fascinating experiment.
33. If you’d rather look at prompts and create your own project, use these science fair questions for inspiration.
34. Does music affect plant growth? Discover for yourself with this project.
35. For a science fair project that will encourage others to recycle, make your own paper.
36. If you have a few furry friends in your neighborhood, consider testing if dogs are colorblind with this project.
37. How does temperature affect air pressure in a ball? Find out the answer with this sporty science project.
38. Build your own pulley and see what kinds of objects you can make it carry.
39. Learn a little about chemistry with this science fair experiment that asks which paper towels are the most absorbent.
40. What is the dirtiest spot in the average home? Find the answer by cultivating bacteria growth in this experiment.
41. Discover how to test thermal energy by observing water temperature.
42. Can you grow seeds with liquids other than water? Find out with this kid-friendly science experiment.
43. This Sun or Shade science fair project is perfect for elementary school students.
44. This cool science fair project asks an intriguing question about insect biology: what sweetener do ants prefer?
45. Make a working model of lungs for a science fair project that’s sure to fascinate.
46. Want to try a science fair project that can only end with tasty treats? Bake some cookies and try one of these sweet experiments.
47. Interested in astronomy? Try out this experiment that teaches why the moon’s shape seems to change every day.
48. What are the effects of disinfectant on germs? Use this science fair project as inspiration for your own.
49. Put your math skills to the test with this science fair project centered around the game tic tac toe.
50. What’s stronger: magnetism or gravity? Find out with this science fair experiment that’s perfect for early elementary students.