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Science Fair Projects

Revised: April 2012

Have you ever wanted to build your own telescope? How about a rocket? Either way, you could be on the road to a great science fair project. This webpage lists books and other resources that will help you create a science fair project that should be second to none, ideas on how to run a science fair, plus the account of a science fair experiment that began in high school and turned into a college-level research project! You may also find some interesting resources at our webpages on Science Education, Resources for Amateur Astronomy and Model Rocketry, or Children's Space Resources. Please exercise proper caution when you begin your science fair project, especially if it involves rockets or the Sun. Talk about it with a responsible adult, like your science teacher.

All items are available at the Headquarters Library, except as noted. NASA Headquarters employees and contractors: Call x0168 or email Library@hq.nasa.gov for information on borrowing or in-library use of any of these items. Members of the public: Contact your local library for the availability of these items. NASA Headquarters employees can request additional materials or research on this topic. The Library welcomes your comments or suggestions about this webpage.

Contents: Books Articles and Reports Internet Resources


Bohren, Craig F. Clouds in a Glass of Beer: Simple Experiments in Atmospheric Physics. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2001. ISBN: 0486417387
QC861.2 .B64 2001 BOOKSTACKS
__________. What Light Through Yonder Window Breaks?: More Experiments in Atmospheric Physics. New York, NY: J. Wiley, 1991. ISBN: 047152915X
QC871 .B64 1991 BOOKSTACKS
Design Squad in collaboration with National Aeronautics and Space Administration. On the Moon. Boston, MA: Design Squad in collaboration with National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2010.
QB582 .D475 O584 2010 BOOKSTACKS
Dyson, Marianne J. Space Station Science: Life in Free Fall. New York, NY: Scholastic Reference, 1999. ISBN: 0590058894
TL797 .D97 1999 BOOKSTACKS
Ghose, Partha, and D. Home. Riddles in Your Teacup: Fun with Everyday Scientific Puzzles. Philadelphia, PA: Institute of Physics Pub., 1994. ISBN: 0750302755
Menicucci, D. How to Implement the Science Fair Self-Help Development Program in Schools. Albuquerque, NM: Sandia National Laboratories, 1994.
LB1532 .M46 1994 BOOKSTACKS
Available through ERIC as document no. ED368555.
Prochnow, Dave. How?: More Experiments for the Young Scientist. Blue Ridge Summit, PA: TAB Books, 1993. ISBN: 083064024X
Q164 .P84 1993 BOOKSTACKS
Wood, Robert. When?: Experiments for the Young Scientist. New York, NY: TAB Books, 1995. ISBN: 0070516340
Q164 .W68 1995 BOOKSTACKS
__________. Who?: Famous Experiments for the Young Scientist. New York, NY: TAB Books, 1995. ISBN: 0070516405
Q164 .W69 1995 BOOKSTACKS

Articles and Reports

Bolognese, Jeff, Harvey Walden, and Arthur F. Obenschain. The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Virtual Science Fair. NASA/TM-2002-210011. Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, June 2002.
(20020070988: (May 2009) NTRS)
Lowman, Paul D., Jr., and David E. Smith. "Science Fairs and Observational Science: A Case History from Earth Orbit", The Science Teacher, October 2002.
Available through NTRS as document no. 20020080994.
Scott, AG, et al. "Bridging a High School Science Fair Experience with First Year Undergraduate Research: Using the E-SPART Analyzer to Determine Electrostatic Charge Properties of Compositionally Varied Rock Dust Particles as Terrestrial Analogues to Mars Materials", in: The 36th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, League City, TX, March 14–18, 2005.
(20050175920: (July 2009) NTRS)

Internet Resources

Science Project Sites at NASA
Adams, Mitzi. Solar-B: For Educators: Science Fair Projects. July 30, 2007 [April 24, 2012].
Benson, Tom. The Beginner's Guide to Aeronautics. Sept. 23, 2010 [April 27, 2012].
Fisher, Diane. Steps in a science fair project. Oct. 19, 2010 [April 24, 2012].
Madigan, Jay. S'COOL: Science Project/Science Fair Ideas. April 4, 2012 [April 24, 2012].
Netting, Ruth. Mission: Science. Experiments. April 14, 2011 [April 24, 2012].
Oostra, Daniel H. MY NASA DATA Science Project Ideas. April 24, 2012 [April 24, 2012].
Smith, DeLee. Stargazers: Students: Science Fair Projects. April 7, 2011 [Oct. 19, 2010].
NASA Competitions
Globus, Al. NASA Space Settlement Contest. April 24, 2012 [April 24, 2012].
Harris, Thomas. Student Competition. Feb. 21, 2012 [April 24, 2012].
MacNeal, Paul. JPL Annual Invention Challenge. April 24, 2012 [April 24, 2012].

Last Updated: April 2012