Teacher Review For Science Buddies

A good resource for students looking for step-by-step science fair project ideas.

Kara T.
Media specialist/librarian
Lincoln Hall Middle School
Lincolnwood, IL
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I use this site in collaboration with the 7th and 8th grade science teachers to help students select projects for our annual science fair. Many of the projects listed in Science Buddies are robust enough to be considered for regional and even state competition. Students can find most of the basic information they need to put a project together, including online resources, definitions of vocabulary, and materials needed. Students occasionally have trouble selecting age and ability appropriate projects.
My Take
Science Buddies is a clearinghouse of science fair project ideas across subjects. Most topics also include step-by-step directions and instructions. Students prefer to use online resources to find science fair topic ideas and Science Buddies is a great tool. I would prefer that Science Buddies not include "half-baked" ideas or projects that do not have all of the information about materials and process already written. It would also be acceptable for them to create a simple sort or search feature to exclude the half-finished project ideas.