It is every parents nightmare. On Tuesdays, thirty minutes before going to sleep, the child suddenly remembers that he has a science project due the next day. And not just any science project – a science experiment. You dig suddenly assignment sheet – crumpled and forgotten – from his backpack and feel more exhausted by the second you read requirements: three part whiteboard display, at least two weeks of data collection, full use of the scientific method, write a summary of the results.
You take a deep breath and think – what can you possibly do for science experiment kid’s overnight
Well, we may not be able to shrink the time so that you can put together two weeks worth of data in 12 hours, but here are some ideas that can help you out in a pinch:
First, the scientific method (A Review for Parents)
1. Specify Question
2. Find Resources and collect information
3. Shape hypothesis
4. Plan Research Collection Methods
5. Collect Data
6. Plan and analyze data
7. Interpret data and draw conclusions
8. Describe the results of
Next: Some ideas for science experiments Kids’
Test the battery last longer by racing five sets of the same car (bonus: your The child gets to keep the cars!) with different kinds of batteries.
Test and see if temperature affects the strength of a magnet. Buy several of the same magnet, and stand alone in the fridge, the freezer, one table and one in a slightly warm oven. Taking the temperature of each test his strength in attracting a growing number of paper clips. Rate their effectiveness in the number of paper clips
See what the best insulator to keep ice melts. The downside to this experiment for kids is that they do not get to keep any magnets or cars! But the advantage for parents is that you can probably reuse various materials for insulation – or you could even have them on hand :. Ice chest, wood, foam, cloth, and anything else you can think of
Pour five different liquids – oil, water, vinegar, soda pop, juice of the same amount in the same type of packaging and monitor the rate at which they freeze. ? Do some waters reach 32 degrees faster than others
Done: Write It Up
Once you have completed the test, all you have to do is to help your child draw their results and show them on a white board with markets and construction paper – printer might come in handy here, too. Voila! Awesome – and easy – science experiment to the rescue. And if you’re lucky, your child’s teacher will not even twelve hours data timeline.