Janice VanCleave's Guide to the Best Science Fair Projects

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Let Janice VanCleave help you create your own winning science project

Where can you find lots of interesting ideas?

How do you begin a project?

How can you create an eye-catching display?

What can you do to impress the judges?

Discover the answers to these and other questions in this complete guide to winning science fair projects. Learn how...

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Let Janice VanCleave help you create your own winning science project

Where can you find lots of interesting ideas?

How do you begin a project?

How can you create an eye-catching display?

What can you do to impress the judges?

Discover the answers to these and other questions in this complete guide to winning science fair projects. Learn how to develop a topic from any idea, and find out the best ways to create, assemble, and present projects—including special tips on how to display them. Try out some of Janice VanCleave's favorite experiments on topics from astronomy and biology to chemistry, math, and engineering. As you have fun completing these experiments, you'll be learning the secrets of science fair success.

Praise for Janice VanCleave's books

"Stunningly clear, direct, and informative projects."—School Library Journal

"[They] not only teach children the basics of science, but also entertain along the way . . . great for kids."—Parentguide

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
cases for science detectives Science teachers and curious students looking for new projects may want to experiment with two new titles. Janice VanCleave's Guide to the Best Science Fair Projects by Janice VanCleave offers ideas for selecting a topic, doing research, making a display and presenting the project. The suggested projects span a range of categories from astronomy to genetics, geology to engineering. With Bubble Monster: And Other Science Fun, by John Falk, Robert Pruitt II, Kristi Rosenberg and Tali Katz, younger children can also learn about scientific principles. Simple materials like graham crackers to make "Graham Cracker Castles" with peanut butter mortar and tin cans to make play telephones help teach about patterns, the human body, design and technology and more. Cartoon illustrations depict the experiments.
Children's Literature - Tim Whitney
Need an idea for a science project? This latest book by VanCleave provides the solution. Part I explains eight important points one needs to know for science fair success. Part II then provides project research and ideas for planning and developing projects for 50 science fair topics. Each topic begins with a basic experiment, clearly explained and accompanied by adequate illustrations. A few require adult help. After an explanation of the results, the "Let's explore" and "Show time!" sections provide ideas for a science fair project. The "Check it out!" part gives suggestions for further reading and experimentation. Also included are a glossary, index, and 3 appendices listing experiment and reference books and the addresses of scientific supply sources.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8The focus here is on the all-important SCIENCE FAIR, a bugaboo to many children and most parents. In the first section, VanCleave discusses scientific methodology: how to organize a project from selecting a topic through the investigatory process, the importance of keeping records, writing a final report, and the value of a nicely crafted presentation. As there are a number of science-fair projects books and collections of experiments available many by VanCleave herself, this first section could be the most important part for novice and unseasoned science fair participants. The author also presents a sample project to give readers an idea of what their own final product might resemble. The writing is readable and understandable, and even amusing at times. Unfortunately, many overeager or let's-get-this-over-with young experimenters and their parents will fail to take the time necessary to absorb the pointers and may be disappointed with the tepid reception of their not-so-professional-looking results. The next sectionthe largest by farpresents a number of double-page projects in a variety of fields. They range from a simple display of a mineral/rock collection to the more complex procedure of determining the odds of chromosome combinations to produce male/female babies. All in all, a clear and informative addition.Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471148029
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/1996
  • Series: Science Fair Temp Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 287,675
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 970L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Meet the Author

JANICE VANCLEAVE loves to teach kids about science. She's the award-winning author of more than 30 books, including the bestselling SCIENCE FOR EVERY KID and SPECTACULAR SCIENCE PROJECTS series.

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Table of Contents

Partial table of contents:


The Scientific Method.

Topic Research.

Project Research.

A Sample Project.

The Project Report.

The Display.

Presentation and Evaluation.


Blackout (Astronomy).

Modified (Anatomy).

Climbers (Botany).

Light Seekers (Plant Behavior).

Nibblers (Ecology).

Boy or Girl (Genetics).

Bumpy (Microbiology).

Reflectors (Zoology).

Easy Flow (Geology).

Dew Drops (Meteorology).

Sun Dried (Oceanography).

Warm Up (Paleontology).

Lifter (Volcanology).

Collection (Mineralogy).

Supporters (Engineering).

Cleansing Power (Chemistry).

Attractive (Electricity).

Spool Racer (Energy).

Blowing Bubbles (Gravity).

Three Sided (Geometry).




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  • Posted March 24, 2010

    very helpful!

    This book helped my daughter choose a topic for the Science fair, and really helped me help her put it together! She had never entered a Science Fair before, and this book takes the whole process step by step.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2009


    That book was excellent. Just as i expected. It wasn't too much of anything. It was definitely thrilling. I would reccommend this book to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2000

    Very Good

    It really helped me. I got first place with it!!!

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