Archives for February 2009

Science Project – Coming up with an Hypothesis

Our science project guides give you detailed, step by step instructions for doing your project, starting with the hypothesis and ending with the conclusion. We can’t, however, give you what the hypothesis should be. Sometimes customers ask us why.

The reason is simple – the hypothesis is an educated guess – YOUR educated guess, and not ours. You must take what you already know about the subject, and predict what the outcome of your experiment will be. The good news is that since the hypothesis is a guess, it is always ‘right’ – because you’re just guessing.

Suppose three children are doing a science project to discover which type of water makes plants grow taller – mineral water, water with sugar, or plain distilled water. The first child’s hypothesis is that mineral water will make the plant grow taller. His grandmother owns a nutritional supplement store, and all his life he’s been taught that minerals are good for you. The second child predicts that sugar water will make the tallest plant. He bases this on his understanding that sugar makes you gain weight. And the third child, a purist at heart, figures that the distilled water will produce the most growth.

All of these hypotheses are correct, but only one will be proven true.

When you have a project to do, you can do research or use the knowledge you already have to form your hypothesis. With our project guides, we give you lots of research material to help you come up with your hypothesis for your science project.

Twenty Five Science Projects & We STOPPED Counting

One year I decided I would do a science project called “Do Science Projects Cause Maternal Insanity?” That was the year we sent one of our sons to the neighbor’s house to do his science experiment. It was one of the years that each of our four boys had to do science projects.

Thirty five years ago, when I was in elementary school, it was easy to do a science project. You made a trip-tik science board out of a cardboard box, hand wrote your topic and procedure, then made a model of a volcano or made an egg squeeze into a bottle. Your teacher had never heard of the scientific method, and your mother never even knew your science project was due.

Those were the good old days. Now, children are expected to choose a science project topic, submit a proposal, form a hypothesis, perform an experiment with three trials, graph and chart the results, develop and present an abstract, give an oral report, and pretend they did all this without help from parents.

It really is enough to drive a mother insane.

But smile, mom! You’ve discovered a secret weapon to help you conquer the dreaded science project. If you’re at this blog, you’ll find it easy to click over to 24 Hour Science Projects and sign up for a free copy of “The Non-Scientist Parent’s Guide to Science Fair Projects”, a guide that will answer almost every question you have about doing a science project with your child.

We’ll help you as you choose the perfect science project, wade through the odd vocabulary, deal with the scientific method, and design an award winning science board.

And the great thing is that you’ll find out that your science project really can be done by your child, with you as a teacher and a guide.

The 24 Hour Science Project Blog

Science projects are a big part of most elementary and middle school science programs. Most schools require that a student either participate in a science fair or do a science demonstration for their class. Whatever the assignment, science projects can be stressful on the parent! Deciding on a project topic, choosing the science experiment, gathering the supplies, conducting the research, keeping a science log, preparing the display board…it’s a lot!

Welcome to the first blog post for 24 Hour Science Projects! In this blog, I’ll be sharing the science project experiences of some of our customers and friends.

Our family has four sons, and we used to struggle year after year with out science projects. But a funny thing happened on the way to the science fair. Over the years, we discovered some science projects that were easy and fun to do, but that satisfied the strict requirements of the science fair – and our science teachers. We put these projects together into a package called 24 Hour Science Projects. We have sold our science project packages to thousands of students and parents, helping them have learn and have fun, avoiding the frustrations that often go along with a science project.