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Selected sources provide guidance to students, parents, and teachers throughout the process of planning, developing, implementing and competing in science fair activities. Sources range in suitability from elementary to high school levels. This guide updates LC Science Tracer Bullet 07-6. More specialized titles are listed in Space Science Projects (TB 06-3), Environmental Science Projects (TB 09-2), and Science Projects in Biology, Natural History and Agriculture (TB 10-2). This and other recent Tracer Bullets are available online from the Science Reference Section at URL // Not intended to be a comprehensive bibliography, this compilation is designed--as the name of the series implies--to put the reader “on target.”



Bochinski, Julianne Blair. The complete workbook for science fair projects. Hoboken, NJ, Wiley, c2005. 130 p.
   Q164.B62 2005 <SciRR>

Bonnet, Robert L., and Dan Keen. 46 science fair projects for the evil genius. New York, McGraw-Hill, c2009. 194 p.
   Q182.3.B669 2009
   Provides instructions and plans for science projects across various disciplines, including physics, astronomy, energy, environmental science and economics.

Peterson, Carol. Jump into science: themed science fairs. Westport, CT, Teacher Ideas Press, 2007. 139 p.
   Bibliography: p. 135.
   Q182.3.P478 2007



Subject Headings used by the Library of Congress, under which books on science fair projects can be located in most card, book, and online catalogs, include the following:

Highly Relevant

   See also subdivision "Experiments" under subject headings of particular interest, such as
   "Air," "Astronomy," "Botany," "Biology," "Geology," "Oceanography," "Optics," "Space Sciences"
   See also project subcategories such as "Astronomy Projects" and "Physics Projects"


   See also subdivisions "Study and Teaching (Secondary)," "Problems, Exercises, Etc.," and "Amateurs' Manuals" under subject headings of interest, such as "Astronomy," "Astrophysics," "Electronics," "Physics"

More General




Dickinson, Mike. Science project helper. San Antonio, TX, Wings Press, 2006. 102 p.
   Bibliography: p. 101.
   Presents approaches to selection, performance and presentations of science projects.
   Q182.3.D53 2006

Gardner, Robert. Science fair projects--planning, presenting, succeeding. Springfield, NJ, Enslow Publishers, c1999. 104 p.
   Bibliography: p. 101-102.
   Provides information on choosing and planning a science fair project, carrying it out, recording your findings, writing a report, and exhibiting the project.
   Q182.3.G39 1999

Henderson, Joyce, and Heather Tomasello. Strategies for winning science fair projects. New York, J. Wiley, c2002. 115 p.
   Bibliography: p. 103.
   Q182.3.H46 2002

Levaren, Maxine. Science fair projects for dummies. New York, Wiley, c2003. 358 p.
   Q182.3.L35 2003

Wee, Patricia Hachten. Managing successful science fair projects: a step-by-step approach. Portland, ME, J. W. Walch, c1996. 73 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Q182.3.W438 1996 <SciRR>




Adams, Richard C., and Robert Gardner. More ideas for science projects. Rev. ed. New York, Franklin Watts, c1998. 160 p.
   Bibliography: p. 147.
   Presents ideas for science projects in all disciplines, including engineering, and offers suggestions for data collection and analysis using computer software programs.
   Q182.3.A39 1998

Bazler, Judith. More science projects for all students. New York, Facts on File, c2002. 1 v. (various pagings)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Q182.3.B39 2002 <SciRR>

Bochinski, Julianne Blair. The complete handbook of science fair projects. Newly rev. and updated. Hoboken, NJ, J. Wiley, c2004. 228 p.
   Discusses various aspects of science fair projects including advice on choosing a topic, doing research, developing experiments, organizing data results, and presenting a project to the judges.
   Q182.3.B63 2004

Bochinski, Julianne Blair. More award-winning science fair projects. Hoboken, NJ, J. Wiley, c2004. 228 p.
   Presents 35 award-winning science fair projects, a section on how to do a science fair project, updates science fair rules and science supply resources, as well as new material on useful web sites.
   Q164.B63 2004

Bonnet, Robert L., and Dan Keen. Gigantic book of winning science fair projects. New York, Main Street, c2005. 368 p.
   Q182.3.B6735 2005

Brisk, Marion A. 1001 ideas for science projects. 3rd ed. New York, Macmillan, c1999. 250 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Q182.3.B75 1999 <SciRR>

Brynie, Faith Hickman. CliffsNotes parent’s crash course: elementary school science fair projects. Hoboken, NJ, Wiley, c2005. 256 p.
   Q182.3.B789 2005

Experiment central: understanding scientific principles through projects. Edited by John T. Tanacredi and John Loret. Detroit, U-X-L, c2000. 4 v. (773 p.)
   Vols. 5-6 by M. Rae Nelson and Allison McNeill, project editor.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Demonstrates scientific concepts by means of experiments, including step-by-step instructions, lists of materials, and interpretation and explanation of the results.
   Q164.E96 2000
   2nd Edition available in 2010.

Junior science experiments on file. New ed. Edited by Aviva Ebner. New York, Facts on File, c1994. 1 v. (various pagings)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Q164.J96 1994 <SciRR>

McFarren, Kathleen, and Mike Graf. Science fair projects and activities: creative ideas using easy-to-find materials. Santa Barbara, CA, Learning Works, 2005. 144 p.
   “Projects meet the national science education standards.”
   Q164.M2757 2005

Scientific American great science fair projects. Scientific American and Marc Alan Rosner. New York,Wiley, c2000. 124 p.
   Q182.3.S36 2000
   Bibliography: p. 121.

Vecchione, Glen. Blue ribbon science projects. New York, Sterling Pub. Co., c2005. 224 p.
   Q182.3.V437 2005

Walker, Pam, and Elaine Wood. Science experiments on file. New York, Facts on File, c2005. 1 v. (various pagings)
   Q182.3.S32 2005


Filson, Brent. Famous experiments and how to repeat them. New York, J. Messner, c1986. 71 p.
   Bibliography: p. 65-67.
   Examines the experiments of Archimedes, Galileo, Newton, Fleming, and others, whose scientific efforts gave new ideas to mankind. Includes instructions for the reader to perform the same experiments.
   Q164.F54 1986

Harré, Rom. Great scientific experiments: 20 experiments that changed our view of the world. Oxford, Eng., Phaidon, 1981. 222 p.
   Bibliography: p. 221-222.
   Q182.3.H37 1981

Historical science experiments on file: experiments, demonstrations, and projects for the school and home. The Diagram Group. New York, Facts on File, 1993. 1 v. (various pagings)
   Q182.3.H58 1993 <SciRR>

Levine, Shar, and Leslie Johnstone. Science around the world: travel through time and space with fun experiments and projects. New York, Wiley, c1996. 84 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Fun and fact-filled book of experiments and activities highlighting scientific discoveries from throughout history that shaped the way we live.
   Q125.L45 1996

VanCleave, Janice Pratt. Janice VanCleave’s science through the ages. Hoboken, NJ, J. Wiley, c2002. 122 p.
   Surveys the development of science and technology through the ages, discussing astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, physics, and more.
   QD126.4.V36 2002

Wood, Robert W. Who?: famous experiments for the young scientist. Philadelphia, Chelsea House, 1997. 127 p.
   Q164.W69 1997



Gardner, Robert. Far-out science projects about Earth’s sun and moon. Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow Elementary/Enslow Publishers, c2008. 48 p.
   Bibliography: p. 47
   QB521.5.G368 2008

VanCleave, Janice Pratt. Janice VanCleave’s A+ projects in astronomy: winning experiments for science fairs and extra credit. New York, Wiley, c2002. 216 p.
   QB46.V34 2002


Biology experiments on file. New York, Facts on File, c2003. 1 v. (various pagings)
   QH316.5.B5 2003

Bottone, Frank G. The science of life: projects and principles for beginning biologists. Chicago, Chicago Review Press, c2001. 126 p.
   Bibliography: p. 121-122.
   QH316.5.B68 2001


Bleifeld, Maurice. Botany projects for young scientists. New York, F. Watts, c1992. 144 p.
   Bibliography: p. 137-139.
   A collection of activities and experiments involving plants, exploring such areas as photosynthesis, plant structures, and growth.
   QK52.6.B54 1992

Hershey, David R. Plant biology science projects. New York, J. Wiley, c1995. 165 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   QK52.6.H47 1995


Chemistry experiments on file. New York, Facts on File, c2001. 1 v. (various pagings)
   QD43.C485 2001 <SciRR>

Gardner, Robert. Chemistry science fair projects using acids, bases, metals, salts, and inorganic stuff. Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow Publishers, c2004. 128 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   QD38.G35 2004

Harris, Elizabeth Snoke. CrimeScene science fair projects. New York, Lark Books, c2006. 112 p.
   HV8073.H29 2006

Ecology and Environment

Bonnet, Robert L., and G. Daniel Keen. Environmental science: 49 science fair projects. Blue Ridge Summit, PA, Tab Books, c1990. 124 p.
   Suggests forty-nine projects in environmental science, suitable for the classroom or a science fair.
   QH541.24.B66 1990

Carson, Mary Kay. Weather projects for young scientists: experiments and science fair ideas. Chicago, Chicago Review Press, c2007. 134 p.
   QC981.3.C372 2007
   Explores weather in detail from the wind to the clouds with more then 40 projects you may use for science projects.

Gardner, Robert, Phyllis Jean Perry, and Salvatore Tocci. Ace your ecology and environmental science project: great science fair ideas. Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow Publishers, c2009. 112 p.
   GE77.G36 2009
   "Presents several science projects and science fair ideas dealing with ecology and environmental studies."

Walker, Pam, and Elaine Wood. Ecosystem science fair projects: using worms, leaves, crickets, and other stuff. Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow Publishers, c2005. 128 p.
   Bibliography: p. 124.
   Contains science projects that concern the relationship between living things and their environment.
   QH541.24.W35 2005


Adams, Richard C., and Peter H. Goodwin. Engineering projects for young scientists. Rev. ed. New York, Franklin Watts, c2001. 127 p.
   Bibliography: p. 118-120.
   Presents practical problems and science fair projects related to engineering and physics, covering such subjects as force, friction, motion, sound waves, light waves, and mechanics.
   TA149.A33 2001

Wood, Robert W. Science for kids: 39 easy engineering experiments. Blue Ridge Summit, PA, Tab Books, c1992. 132 p.
   Introduces basic ways we use engineering through such projects as making a wind tunnel, building a truss, and testing the action of friction under various conditions.
   TA149.W66 1991

Health and Medicine

Gardner, Robert, and Barbara Gardner Conklin. Health science projects about sports performance. Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow Publishers, c2002. 112 p.
   Bibliography: 109 p.
   RC1235.G35 2002

O’Neil, Karen E. Health and medicine projects for young scientists. New York, F. Watts, c1993. 127 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Provides instructions for experiments demonstrating medical principles and explains how similar investigations have helped find cures or treatments for serious illnesses.
   R852.O54 1993


Rainis, Kenneth G. Nature projects for young scientist. Rev. Ed. New York, F. Watts, c2002. 192 p.
   Bibliography: 183-188.
   Rev. ed. of Nature. 1989
   QH55.R35 2002

Tucker, Priscilla. Basic nature projects: 101 fun explorations. Mechanicsburg, PA, Stackpole Books, c1995. 246 p.
   QH55.T83 1995


Cobb, Allan B. Super science projects about oceans. New York, Rosen Central, 2000. 48 p.
   Bibliography: p. 46.
   Presents science projects that demonstrate facts about oceans, including the water cycle, buoyancy, density, pressure, depth, waves, and tides.
   GC21.5.C63 2000

VanCleave, Janice Pratt. Janice VanCleave’s oceans for every kid: easy activities that make learning science fun. New York, Wiley, c1996. 245 p.
   Bibliography: p. 239-240.
   Includes information on techniques and technologies of oceanography, the topology of the ocean floor, movement of the sea, properties of sea water, and life in the sea.
   GC21.5.V36 1996


Physics experiments on file. New York, Facts on File, c2003. 1 v. (various pagings)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   QC33.P468 2003 <SciRR>

VanCleave, Janice Pratt. Janice VanCleave’s A+ projects in physics: winning experiments for science fairs and extra credit. Hoboken, NJ, Wiley, c2003. 231 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Presents thirty sample projects that examine various principles of physics and are suitable for science fairs.
   QC26.V36 2003


Cain, Nancy Woodard. Animal behavior science projects. New York, Wiley, c1995. 162 p.
   Bibliography: p. 153-156.
   QL751.5.C295 1995

Dashefsky, H. Steve. Zoology: high school science fair experiments. New York, TAB Books, c1995. 145 p.
   Bibliography: p. 139-141.
   QL52.6.D375 1995



Bass, Joel E., Terry L. Contant and Arthur A. Carin. Activities for teaching science as inquiry. 7th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ, Pearson/Merrill/Prentice Hall, c2009. 266 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   LB1585.C267 2009 <SciRR>

Callard-Szulgit, Rosemary, and Greg Karl Szulgit. Mind-bending math and science activities for gifted students (grades K-12). Lanham, MD, Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2006. 166 p.
   Bibliography: 161-163.
   QA16.C35 2006

Chiappetta, Eugene L., Thomas R. Koballa, and Alfred T. Collette. Science instruction in the middle and secondary schools. 6th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ, Pearson Merrill Prentice Hall, c2006. 312 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Q183.3.A1C48 2006

Fiore, Julie, and Gwenn Lei. 15 standards-based science activities kids will love! New York, Scholastic Inc., 2006. 64 p.
   LB1585.F545 2006

Fleming, Michael F. Science teacher's instant labs kit. West Nyack, NY, Center for Applied Research in Education, c1992. 291 p.
   Q182.5.F57 1992

Lorbeer, George C. Science activities for elementary students. 11th ed. Boston, McGraw-Hill, c2000. 415 p.
   Rev. ed. of Science activities for children. 10th ed. 1996.
   LB1585.3.L67 2000

Lorbeer, George C. Science activities for middle school students. 2nd ed. Boston, McGraw-Hill, c2000. 428 p.
   Q181.L84 2000

Marks, Diana F. Glues, brews, and goos: recipes and formulas for almost any classroom project. Englewood, CO, Teacher Ideas Press, 1996-<2003>. v. <1-2>.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   LB1585.F545 2006

Sokolis, Gary E., and Susan S. Thee. Science probe I. Cincinnati, Thomson Science, c1997. 553 p.
   "This product is adapted from Nelson Canada's Science probe 9."
   A collection of experiments concentrating on earth, space, physics, chemistry, and life science.
   Q182.3.S62 1997

Sokolis, Gary E., and Susan S. Thee. Science probe II. Cincinnati, Thomson Science, c1997. 543 p.
   "This product is adapted from Nelson Canada's Science probe 10."
   A collection of experiments concentrating on earth, space, physics, chemistry, and life science.
   Q182.3.S63 1997

VanCleave, Janice Pratt. Janice VanCleave's teaching the fun of science. New York, Wiley, 2001. 204 p.
   Q181.V295 2001

Victor, Edward, and Richard D. Kellough. Science K-8: an integrated approach. 11th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ, Merrill, c2008/
   Includes bibliographical references.
   LB1585.V46 2008

Yeany, Bruce. If you build it, they will learn: 17 devices for demonstrating physical science. Arlington, VA, NSTA Press, c2006. 285 p.
   Bibliography: 284-285.
   LB1585.Y43 2006



Educators guide to free science materials. 1st ed.- 1960- Compiled and edited by Mary H. Saterstrom. Randolph, WI, Educators Progress Service. Annual.
   Latest edition in Science Reading Room.
   Q181.A1E3 <SciRR Desk>

Perry, Phyllis Jean. Science companion for library, school, and home. 2nd ed. Lanham, MD, Scarecrow Press, 2002. 228 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Rev. ed. of A teacher's science companion. 1994.
   Q181.P355 2002 <SciRR>

Pilger, Mary Anne. Science experiments index for young people. 4th ed. Westport, CT, Libraries Unlimited, c2005. 184 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Q182.3.P55 2005 <SciRR>

Science experiments & projects index. Edited by Lisa Holonitch. Fort Atkinson, WI, Highsmith, c1994. 324 p.
   Bibliography: p. 311-324.
   Z7401.S374 1994 <SciRR>

Science fair project index, 1960-1972. Compiled by the staff of the Science and Technology Division of the Akron Summit County Public Library. Edited by Janet Y. Stoffer. Metuchen, NJ, Scarecrow Press, 1975. 728 p.
   Bibliography: p. 713-728.
   Q182.3.S34 1975 <SciRR>

Science fair project index, 1973-1980. Edited by Science and Technology Division, Akron-Summit County Public Library. Metuchen, NJ, Scarecrow Press, 1983. 723 p.
   Bibliography: p. 709-723.
   Continuation of: Science fair project index, 1960-1972.
   Q182.3.S34 1975 Suppl. <SciRR>

Science fair project index, 1981-1984. Edited by Cynthia Bishop, Deborah Crowe, Science and Technology Division, Akron-Summit County Public Library. Metuchen, NJ, Scarecrow Press, 1986. 686 p.
   Bibliography: p. 680-686.
   Continuation of: Science fair project index, 1973-1980.
   Q182.3.S34 1975 Suppl. 2 <SciRR>

Science fair project index, 1985-1989. Edited by Cynthia Bishop, Katherine Ertle, Karen Zeleznik. Prepared by the Science and Technology staff of the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Metuchen, NJ, Scarecrow Press, 1992. 555 p.
   Bibliography: p. 548-555.
   "Third supplement to the Science fair project index, 1960-1972".
   Q182.3.S34 1975 Suppl. 3 <SciRR>

Science fair project index. 1990-
   The Science and Technology Division of the Akron-Summit County Public Library prepares the Science fair project index as part of the Library's ongoing commitment to contribute to the literature of the profession. The present electronic database includes bibliographic data for materials published from 1990 to date.



Briscoe, Mary Helen. Preparing scientific illustrations: a guide to better posters, presentations, and publications. 2nd ed. New York, Springer, c1996. 204 p.
   Bibliography: p. 187-188.
   Q222.B75 1996 <SciRR>

Collins, Kevin, and Betty Collins. Experimenting with science photography. New York, Franklin Watts, c1994.
144 p.
   Bibliography: p. 139-141.
   TR692.5.C65 1994

Gardner, Robert, and Eric Kemer. Making and using scientific models. New York, Franklin Watts, c1993. 160 p.
   Bibliography: p. 155-156.
   Discusses the use of scientific models to represent concepts in earth science, astronomy, biology, physics, and chemistry.
   Q182.3.G36 1993

Glass, Susan. Analyze this!: understanding the scientific method. Chicago, Heinemann Library, c2007. 48 p.
   Bibliography: p. 47.
   Q175.2.G57 2007

Glass, Susan. Prove it!: the scientific method in action. Chicago, Heinemann Library, c2007. 48 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Q175.2.G576 2007

Glass, Susan. Watch out!: science tools and safety. Chicago, Heinemann Library, c2007. 48 p.
   Bibliography: p. 47.
   Q185.3.G57 2006

Green, Joey. The mad scientist handbook: how to make your own rock candy, antigravity machine, edible glass, rubber eggs, fake blood, green slime, and much, much more. New York, Berkley Pub., 2000. 125 p.
   Bibliography: p. 121-122.
   Q164.G73 2000

Jerome, Kate Boehm. Thinking it through. Washington, National Geographic Society, c2004. 24 p.
   Bibliography: p. 22.
   Discusses how scientists use reasoning and logical thinking to do their work. Explains how Venn diagrams provide a logical way to classify data. Teaches how to recognize valid conclusions by examining if-then statements. Explains how to interpret graphs to explain relationships between different living things, and how changes in environments can be influenced by humans.
   Q175.2.J47 2004

Kirkup, Les. Experimental methods: an introduction to the analysis and presentation of data. Brisbane, Aus., New York, Wiley, 1994. 216 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Q182.3.K57 1994

Krieger, Melanie Jacobs. Using statistics in science projects, Internet enhanced. Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow Publishers, c2002. 144 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Rev. ed. of: Means and probabilities. c1996.
   Explains how to use statistics to interpret the data compiled in a science project and suggests where to find additional information on the Internet.
   QA276.13.K75 2002

Moorman, Thomas. How to make your science project scientific. Rev. ed. New York, Wiley, c2002. 104 p.
   Bibliography: p. 95-96.
   Discusses the basic principles of the scientific method and the various types of experiments to which it may be applied
   Q175.2.M66 2002

Newton, David E. Making and using scientific equipment. New York, Franklin Watts, c1993. 157 p.
   Bibliography: p. 150-152.
   Q185.N55 1993

Souter, Gerry, Janet Souter, and Allison Souter. Creating E-reports and online presentations. Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow, CA, c2003. 64 p.
   TK5105.888.S67 2003

Stangl, Jean. Science toolbox. 2nd ed. Blue Ridge Summit, PA, TAB Books, c1994. 138 p.
   Q164.S75 1994

Wallace, Diane A., and Philip L. Hershey. How to master science labs. New York, Franklin Watts, 1987. 127 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Explains methods and techniques used in lab experiments, covering such topics as heating, measuring, and collecting substances, doing dissections, using lab equipment, and gathering data. Includes instructions for actual experiments.
   Q164.W24 1987



Grand, Gail L. Student science opportunities: your guide to over 300 exciting national programs, competitions, internships, and scholarships. New York, Wiley, c1994. 292 p.
   Q183.3.A1G73 1994 <SciRR>

Iritz, Maxine Haren. Winning the grand award: successful strategies for International Science &Engineering Fair competition. Blue Ridge Summit, PA, TAB Books, c1992. 135 p.
   Q182.3.I753 1992

Karnes, Frances A., and Tracey L. Riley. Competitions for talented kids. Waco, TX, Prufrock Press, c2005. 245 p.
   Bibliography: p. 240-245.
   LB3068.K37 2005

Krieger, Melanie Jacobs. How to excel in science competitions. Rev. and updated ed. Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow Publishers, c1999. 128 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   A guide for the high school student researching a science project for entry in a competition.
   Q182.3.K75 1999 <SciRR>

Micklus, C. Samuel, and Samuel W. Micklus. Competition stimulates creativity. Glassboro, NJ, Creative Competitions, c1994. 120 p.
   LB3068.M53 1994

Pendleton, Scott. The ultimate guide to student contests, grades K-6. New York, Walker, 1998. 192 p.
   LB3068.P452 1998 <SciRR>

Pendleton, Scott. The ultimate guide to student contests, grades 7-12. New York, Walker and Co., 1997. 384 p.
   "More than 250 of the best competitions, clubs, programs, ways to get published, and more!"
   LB3068.P45 1997 <SciRR>

Tallent-Runnels, Mary K., and Ann C. Candler-Lotven. Academic competitions for gifted students: a resource book for teachers and parents. Thousand Oaks, CA, Corwin Press, c1996. 215p.
   Bibliography: p. 24-26.
   LB3068.T35 1996



Exploring science in the library: resources and activities for young people. Edited by Maria Sosa and Tracy Gath. Chicago, American Library Association, 2000. 236 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Z675.S3E97 2000 <SciRR>

Outstanding science trade books for students K-12 -- 2010.Science teacher, v. 77, Mar. 2010: 43-50.
   Best Books vertical file <SciRR>

Science fair resources. SB&F (Science, books & films), v. 44, Sept./Oct. 2008: 183-187.
   Best Books vertical file <SciRR>



Abstracting and Indexing Services that index relevant journal articles and other literature are listed below. Some suggested terms are given as aids in searching. The following indexes are available in most public and college libraries.

Current Index to Journals in Education (1969- )
   Z5813.C8 <MRR Alc> <N&CPRR> and Electronic format
   See: Science Activities
   Science Experiments
   Science Fairs
   Science Projects

Education Index (1929- )
   Z5813.E23 <MRR Alc> <N&CPRR> and Electronic format
   See: Science Activities

ERIC - Education Resources Information Center
   See: Science Activities

General Science Index (1978- )
   Z7401.G46 <SciRR A&I> <N&CPRR> and Electronic format
   See: Science Fairs,
   School Science--Exhibitions

Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature (1900- )
   AI3.R48 <BusRR> <MRR Alc> <N&CPRR> and Electronic format
   See: Science Activities
   Science Experiments
   Science Fairs
   Science Projects

Vertical File Index (1932/1934- )
   Z1231.P2V48 <N&CPRR>
   See: Science--Study and Teaching
   Subject of interest, e.g., Astronomy, Chemistry, etc.

Students may also need to use subject-oriented abstracting and indexing services for information on the subject of their projects. Sample titles are listed below. These may be available only in large or specialized libraries. Many of the titles may now be available in electronic format. Consult a reference librarian for the location and format of abstracting and indexing services

Applied Science & Technology Index (1913- ) Z7913.I7 <SciRR A&I> and Electronic format
Astronomy and Astrophysics Abstracts (1969- ) Z5153.A862 <SciRR A&I> and Electronic format
Bibliography and Index of Geology (1933- ) Z6031.G4 and Electronic format
Biological Abstracts (1926- ) QH301.B37<SciRR A&I> and Electronic format
Biological & Agricultural Index (1916- ) Z5073.A46 <SciRR A&I> and Electronic format
Chemical Abstracts (1907- ) QD1.A51<SciRR A&I>
Electrical & Electronics Abstracts (1898- ) Z5833.E37 <SciRR A&I> and Electronic format
Engineering Index (1884- ) Z5851.E62 <SciRR A&I> and Electronic format
Food Science and Technology Abstracts
(1969- )
TP368.F678 <SciRR A&I>
International Aerospace Abstracts (1961- ) TL500.I57 <SciRR A&I> and Electronic format
Mathematical Reviews (1940- ) QA1.M76 <SciRR A&I>
Metals Abstracts (1968 -) TN1.M5153 <SciRR A&I>
Meteorological & Geoastrophysical Abstracts (1950- ) QC851.A62 <SciRR A&I>
Physics Abstracts (1903- ) QC1.P46 <SciRR A&I> and Electronic format
Pollution Abstracts (1970- ) TD172.P65
Psychological Abstracts (1927- ) BF1.P65 and Electronic format
Zoological Record (1864- ) Z7991.Z87<SciRR A&I> and Electronic format



Journals that often contain articles relevant to science fair projects are:

The American Biology Teacher QH2.A275
Journal of Chemical Education QD1.J93
Journal of College Science Teaching Q183.U6J68
Journal of Geoscience Education QE40.J6
Physics Teacher QC30.P48
Popular Mechanics T1.P77
Science Activities Q181.A1S29
Science and Children LB1585.S34
Science News Q1.S76
Science Scope Not in LC collection
Science Teacher Q181.S38
Scientific American T1.S5
Sky & Telescope QB1.S536



Carrier, Sarah J. The road to stress-free science fairs. Science and children, v. 44, Sept. 2006: 36-39.

DeClue, Mary Ellen, Kevin Johnson, Howard Hendrickson, and Pamela Keck. Stimulate high school science fair participation by connecting with a nearby college. Journal of chemical education, v. 77, May 2000: 608-609.

Kelly, Katy. Why science fairs turn parents into Dr. Frankenstein. U.S. news and world report, v. 128, Feb. 7, 2000: 54-56.

Newberry, Michael G., and Joan M. Baltezore. Poster presentations: conceptualizing, constructing & critiquing. The American biology teacher, v. 68, Nov./Dec. 2006: 550-554.

Smith, Sherry Weaver, and others. Four tools for science fair success. Science and children, v. 45, Dec. 2007: 30-35.

Sosa, Maria, and Barbara Walthall. Science fairs: ready, set, go! Science books & films, v. 35, Sept./Oct., 1999: 195-199.
   Z7403.S33 <SciRR A&I>

Tubbs, James. Take the science fair online! Science and children, v. 45, Dec. 2007: 45-49.

Wilson, Janell D., and others. Science fairs: promoting positive attitudes towards science from student participation. College student journal, v. 38, Mar. 2004: 112-115.



Selected Materials available in the Science Reading Room pamphlet boxes include:

Abstracts from the International Science and Engineering Fair, Phoenix, AZ, May 8-14, 2005. Washington, Science Service, c2005. 588 p.

Fleischer, Stuart A., Randall Spaid, and Edwin P. Christmann. An e-learning science fair. Science scope, v. 29, Jan. 2006: 10-13.

Gonzalez-Espada, Wilson. Using simple statistics to ensure science-fair success. Science scope, v. 30, Apr./May 2007: 54-56.

Science fair fun. United States Environmental Protection Agency, EPA530-K-00-008.
   URL: (PDF 245 KB)
(The freely available Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view and print this resource.)

Science fairs and projects, 7-12: a collection of articles reprinted from Science and children, Science scope, the Science teacher. Washington, National Science Teachers Association, c1988. 70 p.

Science fairs plus: reinventing an old favorite, K-8. Arlington, VA, NSTA Press, National Science Teachers Association, c2003. 98 p.

Sumrall, William, and Don Schillinger. Non-traditional characteristics of a successful science fair project. Science scope, v. 27, Mar. 2004: 20-24.



Canon Envirothon
P.O. Box 23005
Jackson, MS 39225
   High school environmental education competition

Christopher Columbus Awards
105 Terry Drive, Suite 120
Newtown, PA 18940-3425

Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge
   Science contest for 5th and 6th grade students

International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)
Science Service
1719 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Intel Science Talent Search
Science Service
1719 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

International Bridge Building Contest
Illinois Institute of Technology
Department of Biological, Chemical, and Physical Sciences
3101 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60616

Junior Science and Humanities Symposium
24 Warren Street
Concord, NH 03301
Telephone: 603-228-4520

Science Olympiad
2 Trans Am Plaza Drive, Suite 415
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

Siemens Westinghouse Science and Technology Competition
Siemens Foundation
1301 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019

Student Technology Contest in Magnetic Levitation
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Science Education Center
Building 438
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000
Telephone: 516-344-7171

Toy Challenge
   National toy design competition for 5th through 8th grades. Organized by Sally Ride Science.



The Internet offers a growing number of sites useful for finding information on science fairs and science experiments. The following books contain listings and directories for finding information related to science fair projects on the Internet or using Internet resources in the classroom.

Educators guide to free internet resources. (Elementary/middle school ed.) 1st ed.- 2002/2003- Randolph, WI, Educators Progress Service.
   LB1044.87.E365 <SciRR Desk>
   Latest edition in Science Reading Room.

Educators guide to free internet resources. (Secondary ed.) 20th ed.- 2002/2003- Randolph, WI, Educators Progress Service.
   LB1044.87.E367 <SciRR Computer Shelf>
   Latest edition in Science Reading Room.

Fredericks, Anthony D. Science discoveries on the Net: an integrated approach. Englewood, CO, Libraries Unlimited, c2000. 313 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Q182.7.F73 2000 <SciRR>

Gralla, Preston. Online activities for kids: projects for school, extra credit, or just plain fun! New York, J. Wiley, c2002. 241 p.
   Step-by-step instructions for doing more than eighty Internet search activities in such areas as science, math, social studies, language arts, geography, and the arts.
   QA76.55.G72 2002

Johnson, Carolyn. Using Internet primary sources to teach critical thinking skills in the sciences. Westport, CT, Libraries Unlimited, 2003. 339 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Q182.7.J65 2003 <SciRR>

Keane, Jacqueline P. Internet-based student research: creating to learn with a step-by-step approach, grades 5-12. Worthington, OH, Linworth Pub., c2006. 178 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   LB1044.87.K42 2006

Rosner, Marc Alan. Science fair success using the Internet, revised and updated. Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow Publishers, c2006. 112 p.
   Bibliography: p. 110.
   Q182.3.R68 2006 <SciRR>

Wetzel, David R. How to weave the Web into K-8 science. Arlington, VA, NSTA Press, c2005. 42 p.
   Bibliography: p. 32.
   LB1585.3.W48 2004



Most of the organizations listed in the previous section provide links to related sites from their web sites. In addition, it is also possible to use a search engine, such as Alta Vista, Google, or Yahoo to locate additional sites.

Amateur Scientist
   Complete index (1952-present) to all projects listed in "The Amateur Scientist" column printed in the Scientific American. Articles must be obtained from Scientific American or libraries.

Internet Public Library
   Extensive guide providing links to sites covering all aspects of science fairs.
   Links to Federal science and math sites for kids.

National Student Research Center
   Links to sites containing information, examples and resources for science fairs, classroom activities and for publication.

Nico's Activities for Kids
   Includes tips, project topics, news, articles, Ask an expert and Lab Zone.

Science Buddies
   Non-profit organization that provides free online resources for science education.

Science Fair Central
   Guide to Science Fair projects along with Teacher’s Resource Guide to organizing a Science Fair

WWW Virtual Library: Science Fairs
   Listings of local, regional, state, national and international science fair sites available through the World Wide Web. A section on virtual science fairs is also included.



American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
1200 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20005-3920
Telephone: 202-326-6400

American Association of Physics Teachers
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740-3845
Telephone: 301-209-0845

American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: 800-227-5558

American Geological Institute
4220 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22302
Telephone: 703-379-2480

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
   Maintained by the U.S. Department of Education, includes approximately 2,000 federally supported teaching and learning resources from numerous federal agencies.

National Science Digital Library
   Supported by the National Science Foundation, provides online resources for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and research

National Science Teachers Association
1840 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201-3000
Telephone: 703-243-7100

Science Education for Students with Disabilities
236 Grand Street
Morgantown, WV 26505-7509
Telephone: 304-293-5201
   URL: ( for Science)
   Gateway to over 1,800 scientific Websites.

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