Fun and safe science project ideas for middle school students

Middle school is a great time to help students get interested in STEM career fields! These five safe and fun science experiments are perfect for middle schoolers. Whether done independently or with a little help from an adult, these experiments are sure to awaken the inner scientist in every student. •        -           Fruit battery experiment •                  With nothing more than a lemon, some wire, and a couple of nails, students can generate enough electricity to power a light bulb! In this experiment, middle schoolers can learn about making electrical circuits, how metals react to form electrons, and what can be used as electrical conductors. Expand the experiment by testing the electrical currents created by various fruits and vegetables. •        -           Drinkable density experiment •                  Students will enjoy this science experiment they actually get to eat! With a narrow glass, an eyedropper, and as many different fruit juices as they can find, kids can test and compare the density of their favorite beverages. Encourage students to study the ingredients, water content, and sugar content of the juices before making their hypothesis as these factors all affect density. •        -           S’mores solar oven •                  Combine learning about recycling and renewable energy sources in this delicious experiment. Materials from around the house such as old pizza boxes, construction paper, and aluminum foil are all that are needed for students to built their own solar oven. Add an element of competition by allowing kids to design and build their own solar ovens; whoever cooks the best s’more wins! •        -           Egg parachute experiment •                  Can you design a parachute to cushion an egg’s fall? Using various household materials, plastic baggies, and a carton – or more – of eggs, students can design and build their own parachutes in an attempt to slow the fall of an egg from the second story of a building. Record the trial-and-error results, focusing on the time it takes for each egg to fall. •        -           Grow your own crystals •                  Growing crystals can be fun at any age! Middle schoolers will enjoy crafting comparative experiments using different solutions in order to create the best crystals. Epsom salts, alum, borax, and even sugar can be used to create brilliant crystals in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors.

Middle school is a great time to help students get interested in STEM career fields! These five safe and fun science experiments are perfect for middle schoolers. Whether done independently or with a little help from an adult, these experiments are sure to awaken the inner scientist in every student.

•        -           Fruit battery experiment

•                  With nothing more than a lemon, some wire, and a couple of nails, students can generate enough electricity to power a light bulb! In this experiment, middle schoolers can learn about making electrical circuits, how metals react to form electrons, and what can be used as electrical conductors. Expand the experiment by testing the electrical currents created by various fruits and vegetables.

•        -           Drinkable density experiment

•                  Students will enjoy this science experiment they actually get to eat! With a narrow glass, an eyedropper, and as many different fruit juices as they can find, kids can test and compare the density of their favorite beverages. Encourage students to study the ingredients, water content, and sugar content of the juices before making their hypothesis as these factors all affect density.

•        -           S’mores solar oven

•                  Combine learning about recycling and renewable energy sources in this delicious experiment. Materials from around the house such as old pizza boxes, construction paper, and aluminum foil are all that are needed for students to built their own solar oven. Add an element of competition by allowing kids to design and build their own solar ovens; whoever cooks the best s’more wins!

•        -           Egg parachute experiment

•                  Can you design a parachute to cushion an egg’s fall? Using various household materials, plastic baggies, and a carton – or more – of eggs, students can design and build their own parachutes in an attempt to slow the fall of an egg from the second story of a building. Record the trial-and-error results, focusing on the time it takes for each egg to fall.

•        -           Grow your own crystals

•                  Growing crystals can be fun at any age! Middle schoolers will enjoy crafting comparative experiments using different solutions in order to create the best crystals. Epsom salts, alum, borax, and even sugar can be used to create brilliant crystals in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors.