Science Reference Guides
Chemistry and Physics Experiments --
Selected Resources for Students
Science Reference Section
Science, Technology and Business Division
Library of Congress
Adams, Richard. Physics Projects for Young Scientists. New
York, Franklin Watts, 2000. 128 p.
The book breaks down real world experiences while bringing in the
physics. Provides ways to expand the projects to be more in depth.
Bochinski, Julianne. The Complete Handbook of Science Fair Projects.
New York, Wiley, 1996. 221 p.
The book discusses the process of project development from the presentation
to the judging.
Bonnet, Robert L. Science Fair Projects with Electricity &
Electronics. New York, Sterling Pub., 1996. 95 p.
These projects are appropriate for a science fair
setting. Some explanation of what is happening is included as well
as some thought provoking questions at the end of each experiment.
Cobb, Vicki. See for Yourself: More Than 100 Experiments for
Science Fairs and Projects. New York, Scholastic Reference,
2001. 192 p.
All of the projects are well outlined, include
some explanation of phenomena and also extra things to think about.
The book also gives a general idea of the scientific method.
Cox, Shirley. Chemistry. Vero Beach, Florida, Rourke Publications,
Inc., 1992. 48 p.
This book is a very good guide to the planning
and execution of a science fair project in Chemistry. This book
also explains the difference between actual projects and demonstrations.
Experiment Central (all four volumes). Ed. John T. Tanacredi
and John Loret. Detroit, U-X-L, 2000. 4 v.
The different science projects are identified
by area of study. The experiments are within chapters that contain
general information about the principles involved. Suggestions on
designing your own experiment are also included.
Gardner, Robert. Science Fair Projects-Planning, Presenting,
Succeeding. Springfield, NJ, Enslow Publishers, 1999. 104 p.
This book provides details for the implementation
of a science fair project. Some examples of projects are included,
but the book focuses mostly on the overall process. Also try these
exciting titles by the same authors:
Science Projects about the Physics of Sports
Experiments with Balloons <Q163.G3915
Experiments with Bubbles <QC183.G26
Experiments with Light and Mirrors <QC360.G368
Science Project Ideas in the House <Q164.G34
The above titles give some examples of possible science fair projects.
Krieger, Melanie. How to Excel in Science Competitions.
Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow Publishers, 1999. 128 p.
This book is very focused on more competitive
science fair exhibitions such as Westinghouse. The text gives details
of the process of implementing and completing a project.
Mebane, Robert. Water & Other Liquids. New York, Twenty-first
Century Books, 1995. 64 p.
This book includes some explanation of the concepts
being studied. To use in a science fair setting some more research
regarding phenomena would need to be conducted. The experiments
would also have to be expanded. Also try Air & Other Gases
<QC161.M43 1995> by the same author.
Moje, Steven W. 100 Science Experiments with Paper. New
York, Sterling Publishers, 1998. 128 p.
The experiments in this book can be combined or
expanded to create fun and safe science fair experiments. Pilger,
Mary Anne. Science Experiments Index for Young People. Englewood,
CO, Libraries Unlimited, 1996. 504 p.
This is a good resource for students who know
what subject they would like to concentrate on for their project.
The text is an index of over 1500 resources, divided into different
VanCleave, Janice Pratt. A+ Projects in Chemistry. New
York, Wiley, 1993. 233 p.
This book includes an explanation of the scientific
method as well as suggestions for how to proceed with an experiment.
The author also includes suggestions of how to expand the projects
to be more thought provoking.
Vecchione, Glen. 100 Amazing Make-it-Yourself Science Fair Projects.
New York, Sterling Publishers, 1994. 224 p.
This book includes projects that cover a range
of difficulty and sophistication, while using only household items.
Try this authors other text 100 Award-Winning Science Fair Projects
<182.3.V428 2001> for some more suggestions for experiments.
Wee, Patricia Hachten. Science Fair Projects for Elementary
Schools. Lanham, MD, Scarecrow Press, 1998. 237 p. Q182.3.W44
This book outlines the steps that need to be taken
to plan and execute a science fair project. It also gives detailed
examples of how to complete a project.
World Book's Young Scientist (all ten volumes). Chicago,
World Book, 1997. 10 v.
Provides an introduction to the basic principles
of scientific investigation. Volumes 1-9 each represent different
subject areas. Vol. 1 is space technology and computers. Vol. 2
is light & electricity and magnetic power. Vol. 3 is atoms &
molecules and gases. Vol. 4 is planet earth and water. Vol. 5 is
the living world and plants. Vol. 6 is animals. Vol. 7 is the human
body and communications. Vol. 8 is energy and conservation. Vol.
9 is construction and machines. Volume 10 is a student guide, which
includes an overview of the scientific method and practices of modern
day scientists. There is also a full index included in volume 10.
Compiled by Jessica Parr