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The Complete Handbook of Science Fair Projects Paperback – January 30, 1996

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ISBN-13: 978-0471123774 ISBN-10: 0471123773 Edition: Revised Edition

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From School Library Journal

Grade 8 Up?While most science-fair books focus on how to survive the event, this revision of the author's 1991 title provides sound advice on how to put together a first-rate project. The book also contains up-to-date rules on science and engineering fairs. Chapters describe how to plan experiments, present data, and prepare for the science-fair judging. An especially useful addition is a chapter that details the evolution of a winning project from an inspired idea to the final presentation. The narrative covers a four-year period, illustrating the work and perseverance that often goes into a successful project. The majority of the book presents in some detail 50 new award-winning projects, primarily aimed at high school students. This is not an idea list of projects since several require sophisticated equipment or university contacts. Rather, it serves as a model of what constitutes the best. Black-and-white photographs of the projects accompany the text. Extensive lists of science supply companies and science-fair competitions are appended. There is also an appendix of 400 project ideas that probably is of lesser value. A great handbook for those students ready to go the extra distance.?Alan Newman, American Chemical Society, Washington, DC
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 7^-12. This revised edition of Bochinski's 1991 book includes an explanation of the revised International Science and Engineering Fair rules governing what can be displayed and operated at science fairs, a chapter following one student's four-year research project, and 10 new experiments replacing 10 of the original 50. Libraries with a strong demand for books on science-fair projects will want to update their collections with this edition. Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; Revised Edition edition (January 30, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471123773
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471123774
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,586,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 4, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is so good if you need something to help you do a sicence fair project. I am in 9th grade and have looked at lots of books to find a project and this is the only only one that has ideas you can really use for a project. I highly recommend it.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 9, 1998
Format: Paperback
If you're looking for a science fair project and are not sure what to do, I highly recommend this book. It has 50 real award-winning science projects from real students. Some of them are kind of complicated because they come from the International Science Fair, but there are many that are good for kids in grades 6-9. The only thing is that the author provides summary questions and does not provide the answers or outcomes to the projects. But apparently that was the author's intention so that kids will learn something and not copy the projects. Otherwise, a very helpful book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 1998
Format: Paperback
My husband and I purchased this book last year for our youngest son who was an eighth-grader starting in a new school district (we recently moved). He had been given a science fair project assignment by his teacher for the school science fair. We were rather overwhelmed by the size of the assignment since neither of our two older children had gone through this before. A month before he had to turn in his project to his teacher, my husband and I found this gem of a book which turned out to be a LIFE SAVER for him. The book contained plenty of ideas and examples which helped him to come up with a first-place project on microbiology. The author gives detailed instructions and samples of real first-place projects done by kids in various grade levels which is helpful to a student, like our son, who learns best by example. I am now ordering this book as a stocking-stuffer for my niece!
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
I have encouraged each of my students to obtain a copy of this wonderfully well-written guidebook every year. This book really approaches the science fair project as it really exists for students in grades 6-12. It is not a book that is just a compilation of experiments that are useless, but rather, it is a book containing 50 actual science fair projects, presented in the format in which a student can actually use them in which to model his or her project after. You will find a clear statement of the purpose of each project, followed by the hypothesis, a list of materials, instructions and a list of questions that guide the student toward developing their own analysis and conclusions. Also, not to be forgotten is a wonderful 60 page step by step introductory section that reads like a lesson plan carefully covering every aspect of doing a science fair project, tabulating data and presenting it for a panel of judges. Wonderful book. It is well worth the price!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
I think this book is a good book for science fairs because of the 50 award w9inning topics.I would recommend this book to anyone who is diong are planning on doing a science fair project. Buy it it's worth it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By scienceguytoo on July 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have always been a fan of this book and its practical easy to use format. This is the one book that tells it like it is, if entering a science fair project in a state or regional science fair. However, readers should be aware that this title has been completely revised and updated in 2004 by Bochinski and is better than ever with much information, so I would get that edition instead, that is, "The Complete Handbook of Science Fair Projects, Newly Revised and Updated," it is the orange/yellow/blue cover - also while you're at it be sure to get "More Award-winning Science Fair Projects" by the same author, similar format, green/blue/orange cover - but different and very interesting projects, check it out.
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By M. Collord on January 31, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I originally borrowed this book from the public library for my 5th graders' projects. I've borrowed probably a dozen different books and none of them left any lasting impression. I decided to purchase this one, thinking we'll get a few years worth of projects out of it. This has a nice variety of physics, biology, health science, energy and more. They are real experiments vs the "demonstrations" that I seem to find in most other science fair books.

I take points off for not emphasizing the concept of "control' more thoroughly, and for not providing any real world applications for the knowledge gained (my pet peeve with science projects in general, not just with this book).

Probably wouldn't recommend it for under 4th grade level, but there are projects that are simple enough for a 4th grade experiment (like shape and viscous effect or period of motion for a pendulum)and I'd say it could even carry a student into or through High School, and/or plant the seeds for their own variations on the outlined projects.
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