Interesting Science Fair Ideas for 5th Graders

They say that curiosity killed the cat! But not in this case, where we are talking about science and its umpteen miracles and amazement! Moreover, in case of science, the more curious children are and if that quest for ‘knowing’ is nurtured at an early age, then they can develop an avid interest in the whole gamut of specializations under science.

Especially at this age, their minds are filled with numerous questions and seek answers to all of them. Schools do their bit by trying to create that awareness and interest in children in the form of science fairs. The process of thinking starts from conceptualizing the project idea itself. It can be a great learning experience for kids. In the sections given below, you will find some amazing ideas for projects that you can choose for your science fair.

Ideas for Science Fair Projects
These projects can sometimes be tricky, as you have to combine slightly challenging topics yet concepts that can be easily demonstrated and those that 5th grade students can relate to. The students at this age are on the threshold of growing up; however, they still have to develop their logic-related faculties are yet to develop completely.

Drive Safe!
Things which the kids are used to seeing and using daily can strike a cord with them and will help them understand things better. So something like a driveway, sidewalk can be incorporated in the project. The first idea, therefore, is to see how changes in the sidewalk can have an impact on the driving condition. The kids will need a matchbox car or even a barbie car would do for simulating the car drive.

Other things required would be sandpaper, a quilt, rocks, water, a flat surface, and foil. The children will first have to see how the car moves on a smooth surface provided by the foil. Then, see what happens when quilt and sandpaper is used. Check out what happens when you have rocks on the flat surface. Recording of the results is necessary in this and all other projects.

Heat and Evaporation
Heat and evaporation is another great science project. Yes, it may be a bit cliched, but for students at this age, it can be very interesting. For this experiment, a couple of electric bulbs of different wattage and a couple of dishes filled with water would be needed. The aim is to see which bulb evaporates the water first. That, in scientific terms, would mean how kinetic energy of heat moves the water molecules faster and causes evaporation. Make sure you systematically record the findings of these experiments so you can present them in the forms of charts, graphs, photographs, or even videos.