Next-generation science project ideas

Instead of creating an erupting volcano, design a volcano safety plan for a city
By: | August 2, 2019
All fourth- and fifth-grade students at Westgate Elementary in Arlington Heights, Illinois, participate in the Inquiry Fair, learning communication, project management and media analysis skills along the way.All fourth- and fifth-grade students at Westgate Elementary in Arlington Heights, Illinois, participate in the Inquiry Fair, learning communication, project management and media analysis skills along the way.

Want to transform your traditional science fair idea into one that fits a next-generation classroom? Check out these examples from Liza Rickey of Sartori Elementary School in Renton, Washington.

  1. Instead of creating an erupting volcano, design a safety plan for a city that is threatened by an active volcano.
  2. Instead of growing plants under different lights, focus on how some plants live in areas with little water and design an investigation around that.
  3. Instead of comparing breads for mold growth, redesign packaging to keep bread fresh longer.
  4. Instead of testing the speed of a toy car on various ramps, investigate how different wheels affect movement.

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