Science Buddies is a wonderful site to help you and your students come up with science fair projects.
Science Buddies has a built-in wizard to help you find an interesting and worthwhile science project for home or school. I’m personally drawn to all of the fun science activities you can do at home with your family. I’ll undoubtedly be pulling my kids and wife into a few of these over the coming winter months.
The wizard selection tool inside Science Buddies is very well conceived, and it walks you through a series of questions about your personal interests, your abilities and skills at building things, how good or interested you are in math and other “difficult” subjects, among other things.
Each time I or others went through the Science Buddies wizard, we received a handful of relevant and interesting science projects.
Science Buddies also supplies a project guide section covering, in part, research, testing, and data analysis.
There is also a wonderful section on careers in earth and physical science, life science, engineering, math and computer science, and health. This section alone is worth the time to come to the Science Buddies site, and is a real treasure trove for guidance counselors and parents interested in helping their students understand their career options in the sciences.
Most of what you find at Science Buddies is free, but there is also an online kit store where you can buy components for hundreds of different projects. I’ve long been wanting to build a radio, and I found a kit on Science Buddies to help me do just that. There is a stand-alone project guide to building your own crystal radio, but you’ll have to go out and acquire your own components… much as with all of the projects at the site. Science Buddies doesn’t push you to buy anything from them, but it’s a nice option if you want to go that route.
I’ve never taught science, but I’ve spent hours wandering around the Science Buddies site and can see it would be a real service to science teachers.
Have you used any of the projects from Science Buddies before? What’s your take on this site and their services?