Great Science Project Ideas for All the Family

ScienceProjectIdeas is the ideal place for parents, teachers and carers wanting to explore science with children. It is a regularly reviewed and updated collection of articles full of ideas for science projects in biology, chemistry, physics, maths, and environment & meteorology.

Testing Paper for Strength

Paper is used for a great many things, from paper towels and tissues through sheets of paper for printing at home or work, to special paper for banknotes, and each different use needs a different kind of paper with different properties. Manufacturers have to test their paper for these properties, …

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Melting Points for Different Solids

Different solids turn into liquids (melt) at different temperatures. This temperature is described as the melting point. Some solids are made up of molecules that bind together tightly and others are made up of molecules that bind together loosely – the tighter the binding, the higher the temperature needed to …

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Encouraging an Interest in Science

Science has got itself a really bad name. Some people are afraid of science, and think of scientists as people who ‘play God’. Other people think that science is something incomprehensible, full of impenetrable jargon and impossibly long words. But why is it important to know about science? Science is …

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The Science of Recycling

Recycling is important because it saves energy and resources and reduces pollution, as well as creating jobs and keeping things out of landfill. Paper Paper is made of wood fibres. Over their lifetime, a family of four will use the equivalent of six trees in paper. Recycling paper uses 70% …

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Facts About Fungi, Mushrooms and Toadstools

Fungi (singular is ‘fungus’) are not plants or animals but are in a separate kingdom. Fungi Facts Mushrooms are the fruit of some kinds of fungi – the rest of the fungus is made up of a mycelium, or web, of fine threads (hyphae) in the soil, tree or dead …

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Facts About Bacteria and Viruses

Bacteria and viruses are often confused with each other, but they are very different. Bacteria are usually harmless and viruses are usually harmful, though there are bad bacteria and useful viruses. Bacterial Facts Bacteria (singular ‘bacterium’) are made up of only one simple cell – they are called single-celled organisms. …

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Find Out About Fish and Sea Animals

Fish and sea animals live in a very different environment to ours, and come in all shapes and sizes, from tiny to enormous. Fun Fish Facts Fish have been around for about 450 million years or more. There are almost 27,000 different kinds (species) of fish, and fish are found …

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Facts About Insects and Minibeasts

‘Minibeast’ is the collective name for many small animals, including spiders, slugs and snails, worms, insects, centipedes and many other things. Minibeasts are also called invertebrates, which means they do not have backbones – instead, some, like insects and spiders, have a hard shell (exoskeleton), and some have soft bodies, …

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A Fractal Pattern

A fractal is a pattern that repeats itself, getting smaller and smaller each time. Each part of the pattern looks like a smaller version of the whole thing. A tree trunk splits up into branches – these then split up into smaller and smaller branches and then twigs. This is …

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The Golden Section

The golden ratio (also known as the golden section or golden mean, or as the Greek letter ‘phi’) describes a rectangular shape that people find an attractive shape, particularly in art or architecture. No-one is quite sure why this is a particularly pleasing shape, but it appears to be something …

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