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How to Find the Right Science Project

At Delphi Boston, we stress that children learn at their own pace. We often use a term called “gradient” to describe a student’s progress. We want to make sure that students tackle subjects that they are academically ready for because there is nothing more discouraging than trying to learn something that is much too hard. Subjects need to be learned according to an individual student’s own pace and position in the school. Any of the science projects below would be great fun for any student, but it’s important to keep in mind what gradient your student is ready for.

First, you’ll need to pinpoint what your student is interested in. Are they interested in art and music, or are they more interested in science and technology? Once they choose an area of study, finding the right project can be easy.

Here are a few simple ideas to inspire your students:

  1. Healthy Chewing Gum
    DIY science project

    Image courtesy of tootsie.com

    This project is a great way to inspire kids to be healthy. Starting with the science behind chewing gum, kids will learn the effects gum has on teeth. Then, they’ll make an alternative chewing gum that is healthier for you.   

    With childhood obesity on the rise, this is a wonderful project that could really open kids minds to healthy alternatives. If a student is very passionate about health, this is a great project for them.

  2. A Glass Symphony

    DIY science experiment

    Image courtesy of www.glassharp.org

    This is a great science fair project for a student interested in music. It involves something called the glass harp, an instrument made completely out of wine glasses and water. This project helps students learn about acoustics and how different vibrations make different sounds. Many street performers have made livings by performing incredible songs with only water, glasses and their hands. Although it takes years to master the art of a glass harp, students can quickly learn the science of it, and perhaps make some tunes of their own.

  3. Where Does Your Food Come From?
    The source of our food has been something many of us have been talking about. The organic kick in America has made us more aware of where our food comes from. Unless taught by their parents, not many kids know about where exactly their food comes from and whether or not it is healthy. This project involves making a map of where their food is from and its journey to our schools, restaurants and homes. Students can make this project as simple or complex as they want. They could figure out where the school cafeteria food comes from, or the food on their own dinner table.

If any of the above ideas don’t satisfy your student’s curiosity, keep looking! Just remember to help them find the right gradient that will be fun, yet challenging. Learn more about Delphi Boston’s approach to education here.


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