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Science Fair Success Secrets: How to Win Prizes, Have Fun, and Think Like a Scientist Paperback – November 11, 2002

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; 1 edition (November 11, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525465340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525465348
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,469,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8-Students who are apprehensive about doing a science-fair project will find this book friendly and accessible. Those unfamiliar with the scientific method will also find clear and cogent explanations here. Emphasis is placed on thinking like a scientist, using one's natural curiosity about the world, and creating good scientific inquiry. The text is light, informative, and engaging. After introductory chapters about conceiving projects, conducting experiments and observations, note taking, write up, and displays, a number of sample projects that have won regional or state awards are presented. Several more advanced projects are included "so you can see that high school projects are not that different from the ones done in grade school." A concluding list of 101 titles of award winners should give readers some ideas for projects of their own. Pen-and-ink cartoons are clear and echo the tone of the book. Boxed information about where ideas came from and some "stupid science questions" add accessibility to this lively book.
Kathryn Kosiorek, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Gr. 5-8. In this lively book, Haduch offers an excellent introduction to science fairs. After noting that a well-designed project gives the student a taste of actually doing science, he explains what the scientific method means in practical terms that will be useful to middle-schoolers. In other words, he doesn't start off by discussing the concept of a hypothesis; rather, he encourages a process of curious inquiry leading to questions that can be usefully addressed by a science fair experiment. In the largest section of the book, "Real Projects That Rocked the World," 20 award-winning science experiments are clearly presented in terms of the genesis of the ideas, the questions addressed, hypotheses, procedures, and "real world" implications. The book ends with a list of 101 award-winning project ideas, a bibliography, and metric conversion tables. The often jaunty tone of the text and the cartoon-style drawings make this an unusually appealing book on the topic, while the respect for science and the solid presentation make it a highly useful book as well. Carolyn Phelan
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
Finally - a book on science experiments that follows the scientic method for a traditional science fair. This is an excellent resource for any teacher (or student) involved in a science project that uses the scientific process. This book offers 20 engaging project ideas in a very user friendly format. Each project page shares the following:
1. The project title
2. The problem in the form of a question
3. An example hypothesis
4. A list of steps to follow for the procedure
5. Conclusion statement
6. How the information can be used for real world application
Although this is a great read for students, it can also be a great place for teachers to spark ideas within their students (without necessarily sharing the book with them).
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This is by far the best science fair book you could ever hope to find. It's not a list of science fair projects; it's a primer on how to do science. (The last part of the book, however, does have several winning projects highlighted.)
It starts off with having your kid ask him/herself just what interests them. What are they curious about? From there it goes through the process needed to satisfy that curiousity while at the same time turning it into a science fair project.
There are sections on requirements like building a hypothesis, getting references, etc. as well as emphasis on controls and variables. It stresses the importance of not just doing the science, but communicating what the student has learned from the process. It's all written in a very kid-friendly style, that's fun to read as an adult as well.
I bought two copies: one for me and one for my son's science teacher.
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I first checked this book out from the library, but then had to come to Amazon and buy it when I saw how great it was. It really helped my daughter think through her project this year; it is a reference I will want to have around the house as my other children get old enough to do their own science fair projects.

This fantastic book is humorous and fun, but at the same time it helps the student and the student's parent understand the place of science in the science fair. I appreciated the many real-life examples (often award winners) of students who came up with projects based on real life questions or problems they had.

The book demonstrates how to use scientific thinking to turn a real life question into a real life project. This book may not be as strong on practical tips for how to make an arresting science fair display, but it is very strong on how to come up with your own unique project and think scientifically about it. Every student spending time preparing for the fair ought to read this book.
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