For Grades 7 - 8:
Here's a project for a budding architect or structural engineer. Can you make a strong, lightweight tower using only uncooked spaghetti and white glue? In this project, you'll learn about materials testing and apply what you learn to building and testing structures that are both strong and light.
Have you ever seen a geodesic dome? Geodesic domes are approximately sphere-like (or partially sphere-like) structures made up of interconnected triangles. A famous geodesic dome is Spaceship Earth at EPCOT in Walt Disney World, Florida, but geodesic domes are also commonly found as climbing domes at playgrounds. In this science project, you will get to build a geodesic dome using rolled-up newspapers and tape. How much mass do you think your dome will be able to support? Build one and find out!
In this fun science project, you will create a bird feeder from recycled materials that you can set up outside. By observing the birds that come to the bird feeder, you will find out what different kinds of birds live in your area. How many different kinds of birds do you think you will spot?
This experiment takes advantage of density to create a rainbow in a glass. What can you do to make liquid become more dense?
You can create a very simple hybrid rocket engine using nothing but some yeast, hydrogen peroxide, a jar, fire and ... uncooked pasta. Yeast and hydrogen peroxide react to produce pure oxygen gas. If you funnel it through a piece of pasta, all you need is a little bit of fire and you've got yourself a pasta rocket!