Top 5: Free Resources for Science Fairs

As we inch closer to spring, science fair season is almost here! Library staff have pulled together these top 5 free resources to help you with your project. Many of these resources are offered by the library. A few of the resources are available from trusted outside sources. All of these resources are FREE. We wish you luck with your project!

1) Minnesota Academy of Science & Twin Cities Regional Science Fairs 

These sites have all the necessary information for participating in the regional and state science fairs, including research ethics guidelines, forms, deadlines, dates/locations of the fairs, and more. They also have programs and awards lists from prior years, which can be helpful for students trying to get an idea of what kinds of projects they are interested in.

2) Gale Interactive: Science & Gale General Science Collection

Gale Interactive: Science includes a wide array of vivid, interactive 3D models on specific topics in biology, chemistry, earth science, and human anatomy. They even have some 3D printable models that you can download for free and print if you have access to a 3D printer. (Gale Interactive: Science is available at all Saint Paul Public Library locations.)

Gale General Science Collection is a great place to locate research articles on specific science topics. Especially useful are the online chat feature, where you can ask a librarian questions about finding research on your topic, and the Topic Finder, which can help you come up with keywords and phrases related to the general topic that you're interested in. 

3) Science Reference Center

The Science Reference Center is another online resource, organized by broad science topics, where you can find either general reference information or specific research articles on the topic that you're interested in. Under the "Reference Shelf" sidebar, you will find direct links to articles about specific science experiments and guides for writing up your research and citing your information sources.

4) Science Buddies

Science Buddies is a free, all-in-one site with reference and research guides, online "Ask an Expert" help, and wealth of ideas for science fair projects--including a Topic Selection Wizard tool that allows you to search by due date, grade level, and general topic area.

5) Brainfuse HelpNow

HelpNow's live tutors can help you with science fair projects just as they can with other school assignments. Plus, if you're working as part of a team, the MEET feature is a useful tool for creating time and space to work together online!

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