Project Ideas and Resources

There are many great Internet sites dedicated to planning and performing science projects. Some of them focus on experiments, some on designing and engineering new things, and some on performing scientific research. There are even sites that show you how to set up a tremendous science fair project.

While all of these Internet sites will help give you ideas and guide you during your project, performing the work is up to you! It is very important that you understand your topic very well, so you can answer any questions that the judges might have. So do not think that because the Internet has an “award-winning” idea that you will necessarily win any awards with it. The best fair projects are ones that show your own ingenuity and creativity.

And don’t let yourself follow in someone else’s footprints. There are many, many science project websites that tell you exactly what to do and how to do it. These do not make for good scientists, nor good science fair projects. A good science fair project starts with an idea, so by all means use the Internet to get your ideas, but make sure to follow your own path on your way towards a solution.

Youth Science Canada – SMARTS
Youth Science Canada – SMARTS
The SMARTS project helper was created by students for students. This is an extremely helpful resource for anyone interested in competing at the Canada-wide Science Fair.
The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
RASC has a number of great science project ideas about space, and they even provide you with some great Internet links.
Science Buddies
This fantastic science project website gives you some great ideas, and it guides you as you do the project.
Internet Public Library
Internet Public Library
The IPL2 science fair project resource guide is a complete project-builder, from start to finish.
Cool-science-projects.com
Cool-science-projects.com
A complete project-building resource that focuses on helping those who are having difficulty finding their way.
Discovery Education – Science Fair Central
Discovery Education – Science Fair Central
This complete science project guide is very easy to follow.
YSC Mentorship Connection
YSC Mentorship Connection
For those students who wish to pursue science topics that are beyond their reach, they may wish to look into YSCs mentorship program. This program matches students to real scientists in an effort to allow budding scientists to pursue higher-level research.
The Exploratorium
The Exploratorium
Are you looking for ideas? The Exploratorium website has a lot of interesting ideas, and some lab activities too.
Scientific American
Scientific American
An amazing science magazine that contains articles of current hot topics in science.
Discover
Discover
A general science magazine that has tons of articles on hot science topics.
Astronomy
Astronomy
This science magazine has great articles on space for those looking for ideas about space.
Canadian Space Agency
Canadian Space Agency
At the CSA homepage you can find a great deal of space information.
EnviroZine
EnviroZine
This is Environment Canada’s online magazine. It always has a number of interesting topics related to the environment.
Science Fair Projects & Experiments
A website listing a variety of project topics and ideas that was put together by a science teacher who once worked as an electronics and computer technician.
Fun-science-project-ideas.com
Another science project website put together by a veteran science teacher. Len Bloch focuses on some really creative topics on his site.