Science fair projects involving laundry detergent often involve the effectiveness of a particular type of detergent when compared to another. Typical comparisons involve brand names, price, enzyme-containing detergents versus those that do not contain enzymes, or homemade detergent versus commercial products. When designing such projects, the student should take steps to ensure other variables do not influence his results.Continue Reading
Once the student decides the types of detergent he wants to compare, he should create a stain for comparison. Using two similar pieces of cloth, he applies the same amount of staining material to each. Powdered drink mix is one common stain that is a challenge for many detergents. Once he has stained the fabric, he treats both pieces in the same manner, with the exception of the detergent he uses for cleaning. He uses the same machine for washing both pieces. He uses the manufacturer's recommended amount of detergent, and he tries to ensure he washes both pieces in water of the same temperature. After drying the fabric, the student compares the results after washing to a similar piece of cloth that he did not stain. Some students use a microscope or magnifying glass for the comparison.
Students display their projects on a project board. The board should include the original hypothesis, a brief explanation of the experiment, a display of the stained fabric after washing, and the student's conclusions.Learn more about Homework Help
Science fair project ideas can be obtained from MPM Ideas, Science Kids and Education.com. These sites offer project ideas for children ranging from third grade all the way up to 10th grade.Full Answer >
Examples of good projects for a middle school science fair include descriptive projects such as researched reports about global climate change, experimentation projects such as "What is the effect of caffeine on plant growth?" or engineering projects such as building a do-it-yourself hovercraft. Other projects include demonstration projects where a scientific principle is shown to the audience, but no new information is learned, and collection projects where a student shows his extensive collection of something such as bugs.Full Answer >
Fifth-grade level projects and experiments can test the speed of ice melting or the strength of eggshells. Many experiments can be done using simple household items such as soft drink bottles, balloons and eggs.Full Answer >
Science projects suitable for fifth grade students can be found on the educational website Education.com. The site includes hundreds of grade-appropriate projects that cover a variety of subject areas, including physics, chemistry, astronomy, ecology, geology, engineering and psychology.Full Answer >