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Teacher Resource Center: Science Fair Resources

The Teacher Resource Center collection is available for use onsite. The TRC is a member of the DuPage Library System. This list was prepared for a presentation to several regional library systems. The Science Fair and Beyond, was presented by Susan Dahl, sdahl@fnal.gov, 630-840-3094. (links checked October 27, 2009)

See the 'Customized Workshops" link in the "Teacher's Lounge" for information about more workshops available through the TRC. Explore the Education Office website for other opportunities and services.


Web Resources for Science Fairs - Guides, rules, and websites
Web Resources for Science Fairs - Guides, rules, and websites.

Rules and General Guides

Library of Congress – Science Reference Services - Science Tracer Bullets Online

Intel International Science & Engineering Fair: International Rules and Guidelines

Illinois Junior Academy of Science

General Sites for Numerous Links

Science Fair Central and Science Fair Studio

Scientific Process Terminology
Tips from Judges & Winners
Links and Books
Project Research: Seconday Research (citation format)

Kidspace @ The Internet Public Library

Links to Scientific Method explanations
(Discussion)

Parenting of Adolescents

Science Fair Projects Ideas

Science Buddies **

Wizards for Topic Selection, Ask an Expert and a Guide

Ask a Science Question

Links to several Ask a (scientist) sites

Ask the Experts at Scientific American

CIESE, The Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education

Free Science Fair Projects

Virtual Science Fair Contest
High School Science Fair Projects – good explanation of what they are and how to develop a question

Super Science Fair Projects

The Judges – What Do They Think?
How to Keep a Timeline
Day of the Science Fair

The Original Science Fair Blueprints, by Terimore Institute, Inc.

Science Fair Project search
Purchase a science fair project blueprint of your choice

"Where in my neighborhood is it most polluted?"

"Can I simulate a hurricane and predict the damage?"



Books - A collection of books helpful for students participating in science fairs.
Books - A collection of books helpful for students participating in science fairs.

Ardley, Neil. 101 Great Science Experiments: A Step-By-Step Guide. New York, NY: Dorling Kindersley, 1993. ISBN: 1-56458-404-6.

Barber, Jacqueline, et al. Dry Ice Investigations. Berkeley, CA: University of California, Lawrence Hall of Science, Great Explorations in Science, 1999. ISBN: 0-924886-15-3.

Bardhan-Quallen, Sudipta. Last-Minute Science Fair Projects: When Your Bunsen’s Not Burning but the Clocks Really Ticking. New York, NY: Sterling, 2007. ISBN: 1-4027-1690-7.

Bochinski, Julianne Blair. The Complete Handbook of Science Fair Projects. San Francisco, CA: John Wiley & Sons, 2004. ISBN: 0-471-46043-5.

Brynie, Faith Hickman. Six-Minute Science Experiments. New York, NY: Sterling Publishing, 1996. ISBN: 0-8069-0624-3.

Cothron, Julia H., Ronald N. Giese and Richard J. Rezba. Science Experiments and projects for Students; Student Version of Students and Research. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing, 2000. ISBN: 0-7872-6478-4.

Cothron, Julia H., Ronald N. Giese and Richard J. Rezba. Science Experiments by the Hundreds. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing, 1996. ISBN: 0-7872-1574-0.

Cothron, Julia H., Ronald N. Giese and Richard J. Rezba. Science Experiments by the Hundreds: Teacher’s Guide. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing, 1996. ISBN: 0-7872-2110-4.

Cothron, Julia H., Ronald N. Giese and Richard J. Rezba. Students and Research: Practical Strategies for Science Classrooms and Competitions. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing, 2000. ISBN: 0-7872-6477-6.

DeBruin, Jerry. Science Fairs with Style. Carthage, IL: Good Apple, 1991. ISBN: 0-86653-606-X.

Dickerson, Mike. Science Project Helper, San Antonio, TX: Wings Press, 2006. ISBN: 0-930324-77-3.

Gardner, Robert. Science Project Ideas About Air. Springfield, NJ: Enslow Publishers, 1997. ISBN: 0-89490-838-3.

Gardner, Robert. Sensational Science Projects with Simple Machines. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Elementary, 2006. ISBN: 0-7660-2585-3.

Hansen, Rosanna and Sherry Gerstein, Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge: Taking Science to the Extreme. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2007. ISBN: 0-7879-8493-0.

Herreid, Clyde Freeman. Start with a Story: The Case Study Method of Teaching College Science. Arlington, VA: NSTA Press, 2007. ISBN: 978-1-93353-106-9.

Kramer, Stephen P. How to Think Like a Scientist. New York, NY: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1987. ISBN: 0-690-04565-4.

Levaren, Maxine. Science Fair Projects for Dummies. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, 2003. ISBN: 0-7645-5460-3.

NSTA. Science & Math Events: Connecting & Competing. Washington, DC: National Science Teachers Association, 1990. ISBN: 0-87355-090-0.

Perry, Phyllis J. Science Companion for Library, School, and Home. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2002. ISBN: 0-8108-4454-0.

Peterson, Carol. Jump into Science: Themed Science Fairs. XXX Teacher ideas Press/Libraries Unlimited, 2007. ISBN: 

Pipe, Jim. Why Does Ice Melt? Projects About Melting and Freezing. Brookfield, CT: Copper Beech Books, 2002. ISBN: 0-7613-2723-1.

Reynolds, Peter H. Sydney’s Star. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2001. ISBN: 0-689-83184-6.

Smolinski, Jill. 50 Nifty Super Science Fair Projects. Los Angeles, CA: Lowell House Juvenile, 1995. ISBN: 1-56565-363-7.

Sobey, Ed. How to Build Your Own Prize-Winning Robot. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers, 2002. ISBN: 0-7660-1627-7.

VanCleave, Janice. Guide to the Best Science Fair Projects. San Francisco, CA: John Wiley & Sons, 1997. ISBN: 0-471-14802-4.

VanCleave, Janice. Machines: Mind-Boggling Experiments You Can Turn Into Science Fair Projects. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, 1993. ISBN: 0-471-57108-3.

VanCleave, Janice. Microscopes and Magnifying Lenses: Mind-Boggling Chemistry and Biology Experiments You Can Turn into Science Fair Projects. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, 1993. ISBN: 0-471-58956-X.

VanCleave, Janice. Super Science Challenges. San Francisco, CA: John Wiley & Sons, 2008. ISBN: 978-0-471-47183-7.

Vazquez, Laura, David M. France and Kim M. Perkins. Not Just Another Science Fair: A Handbook and More for Science Fair Organizers. Glenview, IL: GoodYearBooks, 1994. ISBN: 0-673-36132-2.

Vecchione, Glen. 100 Amazing Make-It-Yourself Science Fair Projects. New York, NY: Sterling Publishing, 1994. ISBN: 0-8069-0367-8.