Project Ideas

Need an idea? Take a cruise through this list and see if any of these questions look interesting - or if any of them make you think of something else fun!

Science Experiment investigations:

  • How does the temperature of a tennis ball affect the height of its bounce?
  • How does the air pressure of a soccer ball affect how far it travels when kicked?
  • Does a metal baseball bat vibrate more than a wooden one?
  • How does the weight of a bowling ball affect how many pins the ball knocks down?
  • Which increases your heart rate more: walking up and down real stairs or using a stair-master?
  • How does yoga affect your flexibility?
  • How does fast dancing affect your heart 
rate?
  • How does humidity affect the curliness of hair?
  • How does a shampoo’s brand affect the strength of hair?
  • How does the type of material affect how long a shirt takes to dry?
  • Which nail polish best resists chipping?
  • How does the fat content of cheese affect 
its stretchiness?
  • How does the length of time that a soda bottle is open affect its fizziness?
  • How does the temperature of water affect the time it takes to freeze into ice cubes?
  • How will the time spent chewing bubble gum affect its bubbles’ maximum size?
  • How will adding different flavors of Kool-Aid® to water affect the water’s boiling point?
  • Which brand of popcorn leaves the fewest unpopped kernels?
  • Does the flavor of gelatin affect the amount of time it takes to set?
  • How does playing video games affect hand-eye coordination?
  • What is the effect of toothpaste brand on teeth-cleaning power?
  • What brand of paper towel is most absorbent?
  • What brand of trash bag can withstand the most weight before ripping?
  • How does a light bulb’s wattage affect the amount of heat detected above a light?
  • Under what color light do plants grow best?
  • Which brand of mouthwash kills the most bacteria?
  • Which brand of breath mint lasts longest?
  • How does the amount of sugar in homemade ice cream affect how fast it freezes?
  • In a blind taste test, can you tell the difference between nonfat, low-fat, and whole milk?
  • When you pour soda out of a newly opened soda bottle, which produces more fizz:  regular or diet soda?
  • How does brand affect ketchup’s flow?
  • Given the same amount of water, how does pot size affect the amount of time it takes to boil water?
  • Where is the best place to store home- baked cookies to keep them fresh longest?
  • How does the amount of yeast affect how high bread rises?
  • Which cereal brand stays crunchy in milk the longest?
  • Which brand of chocolate bar melts fastest in the sun?
  • Which type of bread turns moldy first: store- bought or bakery bread?
  • How does the type of container affect ice cream’s melting time?
  • Which can support more weight: paper or plastic grocery bags?
  • Does the type of animal in a pet-store window affect the number of people who are attracted to the window?
  • Does the color of a terrarium affect a lizard’s skin color?
  • Does the brand of kitty litter affect clumping?
  • Does listening to one type of music lower heart rate more than another type?
  • How old does chewed gum have to be before it stops sticking to shoes?
Engineering Project Ideas:
  • Can you design a small solar collector?
  • Is there a better way to design a backpack for school?
  • Do school desks have to be a rectangle and have 4 legs?
  • Can seat belts be redesigned for little kids so they don't have to have booster seats?
  • How can a bike work better on snowy or slushy paths?
  • Can you make a dog door that doesn't let raccoons in?
  • Can my cat's food dish recognize which cat it is and only let MY cat eat out of it?
  • Can you design a pitcher that will hold three different drinks without needing three different pitchers?
  • Is there a good way to design a tool to pick up pine cones without having to bend over for each one?
  • How long should a pencil eraser be so that the pencil and eraser both get used up at the same time?
  • There are a couple of schools which have school bus libraries. What might be a good design for a bus book storage?
  • What is the best design for a student chair for the library?

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