Science Fair Project Ideas for 6th Grade
Main topics of study in 6th grade include heat, light, sound, astronomy, and microorganisms and would be good areas to focus your project.
- Explain characteristics of natural sources of heat in the environment (sun, geysers, fire, and lightning).
- Generate heat using a variety of materials and methods.
- Describe sources of heat used in the home and school.
- Distinguish between objects producing light and objects reflecting light.
- Produce light using a variety of materials (light bulbs, candles, matches, flint, steel).
- Describe the patterns of movement of Earth, moon, and sun.
- Model movements of Earth and moon with respect to the sun.
- Model phases of the moon.
- Distinguish between solar and lunar eclipses.
- Describe effects of Earth's angle of inclination to the sun upon weather, seasons, etc.
- Describe effects of the moon on Earth.
- Collect and analyze data gained from space technology.
- Using researched, collected, or analyzed data from space technology, make inferences regarding Earth, moon, and sun.
- Identify and analyze scientific issues involved in space travel.
- Communicate a position and support it concerning the advantages and disadvantages of space travel.
- Identify examples of spinoffs from space technology.
Students will describe and compare the components of the solar system.
- Devise several products such as graphs and models to compare objects in the solar system.
- Distinguish planets from other objects of the solar system.
- Compare and contrast physical characteristics of the planets.
- Design and communicate size and distance scales which accurately compare the planets.
- Collect and report information about the solar system gathered by the use of technology.
- Use instruments (e.g., binoculars, telescopes, etc.) to observe the moon and the planets.
- Describe the role of computers in processing data about the solar system.
- Communicate information and conclusions gained from space probes.
- Compare information from various available sources including books, magazines, people, and other resources.
Students will begin to investigate the nature of the universe.
- Explain the relationship of the vastness of space to objects found in space.
- Describe Earth relative to the solar system, the galaxy, and the universe.
- Describe the relationships of stars and galaxies.
- Explain how scientific development changes knowledge of space.
- Research and describe historical explanations of the universe from different cultures.
- Give examples of contributions by both historical and modern scientists.
- Identify tools and the information they provide in investigating the universe.
Students will explain how technology enhances vision and adds to knowledge of the living world.
- Explain how scientific development changes knowledge of the living world.
- Describe in their own terms how a microscope works.
- Give examples of contributions by scientists that led to the development of knowledge of microscopic organisms.
- Describe how experiments are used to increase scientific knowledge.
- Conduct an experiment with microorganisms using methods of science.
- Formulate a research question and hypothesis.
- Identify variables and describe relationships between them.
- Include appropriate controls.
- Collect, record, and display data.
- Analyze data to draw warranted inferences.
- Observe and collect data about microorganisms.
- Compare shapes and structure of microorganisms.
- Give evidence to support the statement that microorganisms are almost everywhere.
- Grow microorganisms and observe changes over time.
Students will describe the growth, function, and significance of microorganisms in the environment.
- Identify helpful and harmful aspects of microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, algae, and protozoans.
- Research the causes and treatments for diseases.
- Predict what would happen if there were an increase or decrease of microorganisms in the body.
- Explain the influences of microorganisms on foods.
- Summarize information which describes the use of microorganisms in industry.
- Research careers in microbiology.
- Describe the interaction of microorganisms within an ecosystem.
- Plan a balanced aquarium or terrarium.
- Draw inferences about the roles of microorganisms in a food web, in pond water, or some other environment.