Janice VanCleave's A+ Science Fair Workbook and Project Journal, Grades 7-12


Your all-in-one resource for science fair success

Don’t wait till the last minute to start preparing for this year’s science fair. This book makes it easy and fun to complete a project that you can take pride in, and maybe even take to national and international competitions. You get expert guidance in creating a great project from start to finish, with information on basic science fair procedures, tools, and techniques. You’ll also find background experiments to try, pages for ...

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Your all-in-one resource for science fair success

Don’t wait till the last minute to start preparing for this year’s science fair. This book makes it easy and fun to complete a project that you can take pride in, and maybe even take to national and international competitions. You get expert guidance in creating a great project from start to finish, with information on basic science fair procedures, tools, and techniques. You’ll also find background experiments to try, pages for taking notes on each topic, and a personal project journal to help you keep track of every step as you choose your project, gather your data, report your findings, and prepare to make a spectacular presentation.

The topics covered span the science curriculum and include topics in astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics. All the activities can be done either at home or in the classroom with inexpensive and easy-to-find materials. So find out how enjoyable and rewarding completing a science project can really be, and have a great science fair experience!

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Editorial Reviews

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Sections of this book were previously published in five of the author's other works written from 1993 onward. A science educator, VanCleave has divided this volume into five areas of science (biology, physics, chemistry, earth science, and astronomy) and presented useful warm-up activities to get a young researcher thinking about a topic and how one might approach investigating it with a good research question. For instance, one project explores measuring the depth of the ocean by sound, using a stop watch, a tennis ball dropped from a single height onto various "sub-aquatic features" such as a pile of books, while another explores geotropism. The accompanying discussion shows how to chart the depth using sonar findings, and then suggests two experiments or explorations you could do in designing your own experiment. A "Get the Facts" section mentions other factors to consider, special resources, and books to which you might refer but since most titles are selected from the 1990s and not updated from the previous editions, students are advised to hit the internet or ask a librarian for more recent material when in doubt. Illustrations and sample charts help with visualizing what an experiment might look like or how to present data. This is a fine jump-starter for students who are clueless as to what to do as the projects include a wide range of investigations doable by someone with few resources. While an adult may need to help a teenager get located in the right subject, the introductory procedures suggest enough information and techniques to help learners do more than kill off bean plants in various ways. Some of the projects assume a sound knowledge of, say, electricity and some makeuse of appendices at the back of the book which tell how to conduct a random sampling and blow it up for a whole population, present trigonometric functions, or show a comparative chart of the planets. It's a good resource for science teachers and their students alike. 2003, Wiley, Ages 11 to 16.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471467199
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/2/2003
  • Edition description: Workbook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 951,710
  • Age range: 13 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 10.82 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Janice VanCleave is a former teacher whose science experiment books have sold over two million copies. Students and teachers alike have come to love her unique combination of serious education and hands-on activities.

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Table of Contents

How to Use This Book

I. A Guide to Science Fair Projects.

1. The Scientific Method.

2. Topic Research.

3. Categories.

4. Project Research.

5. Project Overview.

6. Experimental Data.

7. Project Summaries.

8. The Display.

9. Presentation and Evaluation.

II. 55 A+ Science Fair Project Ideas.


1. Solar System Scale: Miniature Model.

2. Barycenter: The Balancing Point.

3. Orbital Eccentricity: How Circular a Celestial Body's PathIs.

4. Angular Separation: Angular Distance between CelestialBodies.

5. Orbital Period: Time of Revolution.

6. Artificial Satellites: Man-Made Orbiters.

7. Rotation: The Spinning of Celestial Bodies.

8. Apparent Magnitude: Apparent Star Brightness.

9. Parallax: Apparent Shift of an Object.

10. Sunspots: Cooler Surface Regions.

11. Galilean Satellites: Jupiter's Largest Moons.

12. Meteors: Streaks of Light in the Sky.


13. Meristematic Region: Growth Zone.

14. Seed Parts: Exterior and Interior.

15. Autotrophs: Food Builders.

16. Hydroponics: Growth without Soil.

17. Apical Dominance: Growth Inhibitor.

18. Geotropism: Plant Movement Due to Gravity.

19. Responses of Annelidas: Segmented Worms.

20. Aquatic Respiration: Breathing Rate of Goldfish.

21. Operant Conditioning: The "Aha!" Response.

22. Ecosystem: Interactions.

23. Preservatives: Food Additives.


24. Phase Changes: Effects of Solutes.

25. Crystals: Natures Jewels.

26. The Best Plant Food: Nutrient Differences in Soils.

27. Acid-Base Indicators: Color Changers.

28. Enzymes: Chemical Controllers.

29. Triglycerides: Saturated and Unsaturated.

30. Vitamin C Content: Analysis of Food by Titration.

31. Minerals: Chemicals Needed for Life and Good Health.

32. Viscosity: A Difference in Stickiness.

33. Carbon Dioxide: Its Production and Uses.

Earth Science.

34. The Hydrologic Cycle: The Movement of Water from Place toPlace.

35. Minerals: Distinguishing Physical Characteristics ofMinerals.

36. The Rock Cycle: Processes That Change One Rock Type intoAnother.

37. Soil Texture: Effects of Regolith Size.

38. Crustal Bending: Deformation of the Earth's Crust.

39. Faulting: The Earth's Crustal Breaking Point.

40. Plate Tectonics: Floating Crustal Structure.

41. Topography: Highs and Lows of the Earth's Surface.

42. The Greenhouse Effect: Heat Transfer in the Atmosphere.

43. Barometric Changes: The Cause and Measurement of AirPressure.

44. Soundings: Mapping a Profile of the Ocean Floor.

45. Resonance: Sympathetic Vibration.

46. Thermal Conduction: Transfer of Vibrational Energy.

47. Static Electricity: Stationary Charges.

48. Series Circuit: Sequential Path.

49. Parallel Circuit: Divided Pathways.

50. Electromagnetism: Magnetism from Electricity.

51. Static Fluids: Fluids at Rest .

52. Friction: Force that Resist Motion.

53. Work: Force through a Distance.

54. Newton's Third Law of Motion: Action-Reaction.

55. Polarization: Vibrations in One Direction.

Appendix 1. Random Error of Measurement.

Appendix 2. Relative Error: Percentage Error.

Appendix 3. Planet Facts and Figures.

Appendix 4. Random Sampling in an Open Ecosystem.

Appendix 5. Cross-Staff.

Appendix 6. Preparing Test Solutions.

Appendix 7. Manometer.

Appendix 8. Trigonometric Functions.

Appendix 9. Science Project and Experiment Books.

Appendix 10. Sources of Scientific Supplies.

Project Journal.

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