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Janice VanCleave's A+ Science Fair Projects (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) School & Library Binding – August 1, 2003

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Whether your favorite middle or high-school student is interested in the demonstrating the greenhouse effect (with shoeboxes, soil, and plastic food wrap), sympathetic vibration (with a couple of soda bottles), or the breathing rate of goldfish, former science teacher Janice VanCleave provides helpful advice for designing experiments to impress judges at the science fair. In the first section, the author explains the importance of understanding the scientific method, selecting a topic, identifying its category, research, overview, experimental data, project summaries, the display, and presentation and evaluation. The second part of the book offers project ideas for 35 science fair topics within the categories of astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics, stressing that "The point is not to copy the projects in this book but to use them as exploratory experiments...." Each experiment is clearly presented with a brief introduction, a statement of purpose, a list of needed materials, a step-by-step procedure, a description and explanation of the results, and ideas for taking the experiment in different directions. Nine appendices provide additional information on random error of measurement, percentage error, sources of scientific supplies, and more, and a glossary and index conclude the book. VanCleave comes through again with this inspiring, no-nonsense resource for science fair participants. (Ages 11 and older) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A fabulous collection of science projects, explorations, techniques, and ideas!

Looking to wow the judges at the science fair this year? Everyone’s favorite science teacher is here to help. Janice VanCleave’s A+ Science Fair Projects has everything you need to put together a winning entry, with detailed advice on properly planning your project, from choosing a topic and collecting your facts to designing experiments and presenting your findings.

Featuring all-new experiments as well as time-tested projects collected from Janice VanCleave’s A+ series, this easy-to-follow guide gives you an informative introduction to the science fair process. You get thirty-five complete starter projects on various topics in astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics, including explorations of:

  • The angular distance between celestial bodies
  • The breathing rate of goldfish
  • Interactions in an ecosystem
  • Nutrient differences in soils
  • Heat transfer in the atmosphere
  • Magnetism from electricity
  • And much more!

You’ll also find lots of helpful tips on how to develop your own ideas into unique projects. Janice VanCleave’s A+ Science Fair Projects is the ideal guide for any middle or high school student who wants to develop a stellar science fair entry.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • School & Library Binding: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613935160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613935166
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,826,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great instruction for parents on what to do to channel your child's effort when he or she is creating a science fair project.
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Excellent! Well written, reader friendly and fun easy to do experiments.
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Pretty worn but still very useful. It will be used by a teacher in Belize for science fair projects. She requested it.
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Were having trouble coming up w/ a science fair project for our daughter -- 7th grade, but taking 9th grade science, and this was a great idea book for us all.....
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Some too simple for middle and high school competitors at this time.
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By MEL551 on July 2, 2014
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A+ in our science project! What else can I say. This book basically tells you what to do
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