1. Are you having a hard time coming up with a good idea for the science fair?
- A+ Projects in Earth Science has 30 “exploratory experiments” that you can develop into a science fair project you can call your own.
2. Do you want to earn extra credit in your science class?
- Ideas in this book may help you to think creatively, but it it up to you to do the work to earn extra credit.
3. If you are not doing a science project, ideas in this book will guide you to know more about Earth Science and the wonders of the world around you.
I wrote this book with the idea that basic exploratory experiments requiring inexpensive as well as readily available materials can produce award winning projects.
Award winning science fair or even classroom projects are not judged on the complexity of the investigation or how elaborate the materials are. Instead, its the science process used to develop a controlled investigation with a beneficial objective. In other words, will judges look at your investigation and question its significance? Or, question if you understand the science principles being tested?
This book does not have step-by-step experiments to be cloned for science projects. Instead, the 30 different step-by-step exploratory experiments introduce different Earth Science topics that can be used as a foundation to build your own ideas on. Just like crystal growth starts with nucleation (solute particles joining and leaving a solution), this project book provides science project nucleation sites. The exploratory experiments provide examples for doing basic experiments with the purpose of learning more about a topic. These experiments can be considered as part of your topic research.
Also, the exploratory experiments in this book can be used as the control experiment for your project investigation. Change one of the variables in the experiment and object how this change affects another variable.
This book also includes lots of charts, diagrams, and illustrations. Here are just a few of the topics you’ll be investigating: * Rocks and minerals * Meteorology * Oceanography * Plate tectonics * Air fronts * The greenhouse effect. You’ll be amazed how easy it is to turn your own ideas into winning science fair projects!