Projects for Kids Who Love Science
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by Catalogs.com Info Guru Terri Wallace
If your little Einstein yearns for more experiments and experiences, consider these projects for science obsessed kids to encourage your child to continue with their scientific exploration.
10. Planetarium Project
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Let your little ones explore the stars and planets with a planetarium project. Chart the location of the planets, map out the various constellations, and keep track of the phases of the moon. Encourage them to take note of seasonal changes in the night sky. This is a particularly good experiment for visual learners.
9. Atomic Model
An atomic model, comprised of polystyrene balls, in a variety of colors and sizes, allow your science savvy child to model different organic and inorganic compounds while researching them further. This is especially effective for individuals who are visual and/or tactile learners.
8. Fossil Collection
Encourage your kid to create a fabulous fossil collection that demonstrates plant and animal specimens from the Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic periods. Create descriptive keys and geologic timelines to further explore these periods. This type of activity encourages a hands-on approach to learning and classification and is good for tactile learners.
7. Weather Station
Future meteorologists can start their studies early by building a weather station. Depending on the type of station constructed, your future weatherman can track wind speed, barometric pressure, precipitation, temperatures, and more! Visual and kinesthetic learners may find this type of experiment to be particularly beneficial.
6. Remote Control Machine
Creative kids can keep things under control with their own remote control machines. Utilizing a remote control unit with infrared remotes, your little mad scientist can create complex machines to do their bidding…such as retrieving their remote control or cell phone. This type of hands-on creation encourages mechanical understanding, hand-eye coordination, and analytical thinking. This type of project might benefit kinesthetic learners in particular.
5. Wave Model
A wave model, consisting of eccentric aluminum discs which support a series of metal rods, can be used to demonstrate longitudinal and transverse wave motion. Let your little scientist explore the different types of waves and how they move through various material mediums, and help foster their love of learning. Visual learners may find this type of demonstration beneficial.
4. Sprout and Grow Window
Let your little one get down and dirty with nature by building a sprout and grow window or planting miniature pots. Little growers can nurture plants, and their “green thumb” with just a glass bowl or other see-through container, some soil, and seeds, your child can watch nature’s progress, chart the seedlings’ growth, and reap what they sow. This opportunity to “get their hands dirty” might interest tactile and kinesthetic learners.
3. Blood Typing
For the less squeamish student or future physician, consider investing in a blood typing kit. These kits allow students to determine their own blood type while learning the basics about blood grouping. Those who learn from “doing” would appreciate this type of project.
2. Build a Radio
For a project that continues to entertain long after the construction is completed, let your little engineer build his own short wave or small am/fm radio. There kits available that provide all the supplies necessary to construct a radio that can receive band from 6-8 MHz and 12-18 MHz. The project is helpful for tactile and kinesthetic learners, and auditory learners will appreciate being able to hear the result of their efforts!
1. Optics and Light
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For basic experiments to learn about lenses, mirrors, microscopes and image formation, consider an array of optics equipment. Visual learners will appreciate the simple optic and photometric studies that can be performed on microscope, and more advanced learners will be engaged by the focal length of a converging lens or the focal length of a concave mirror.
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