If you're intimidated by biology science fair projects, relax. High school biology projects do not have to be overwhelming to be informative and interesting. Follow these basic steps to find a project that your student can handle.
Basic Steps to Developing a Biology Science Fair Projects
Ideas for High School Biology Science Fair Projects
Cell Biology Science Fair Project
If your child has a good microscope and slides, it will be easy for her to prepare a cell biology project. Help your child research explanations behind the differences in cell structure and cell types. Your child will want to prepare slides of various kinds of cells from plants, humans and animals. She should bring the microscope and have it set up so viewers at the fair can take a firsthand peek at the slides. Have your child make large poster-board pictures and descriptions explaining the differences between healthy and unhealthy, animal and plant, diseased and genetically mutated cells. With a little research and some hands-on microscope work, your child should be able to develop an interesting presentation that will garner interest at a fair.
Insect Science Fair Project
Do some research about a type of insect native to your hometown and see if you can't come up with a hypothesis related to the insect's life cycle, eating habits, reproduction or ecosystem. Look for testable insect-related hypotheses such as the following: Are moths more attracted to one kind of light than another? Do bees frequent one kind of flower more than others? Will lightning bugs survive longer in captivity under specifically altered circumstances? Do certain bug repellants work better than others? Combine your field research, whatever practical experiment you decide to conduct, with research online. The great thing about science projects involving insects is that insects are plentiful, they're free and nobody usually cares if the insects in your experiments die. You can create a spectacular visual display using pictures, mounted dead insects and interesting charts to show your research results.
Taste Test Science Fair Project
Anything involving taste buds, olfactory senses and food is usually popular at a science fair because people love interactive projects. While you'll need to do the bulk of your research ahead of time and be careful about allergies, you can easily come up with a testable hypothesis such as how olfactory senses (smelling) and visual identification (tested by blindfolding subjects) affect the sense of taste. You can present your findings on poster board, but supplement your project with fair-day testing of willing viewers. Support your findings with theories about why these senses might be connected and how this might relate to survival or evolution.
This list is far from exhaustive, but hopefully it has spurred your imagination. With a little creativity, you and your child will come up with a fun science fair project you'll both enjoy.
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