Are you a parent and you're worried about the 6th grade science experiments that your child has been assigned to think up for class the next day? Here's something that should help make your job easier and take the weight off your shoulders – teachers aren't expecting anything really original.
They are just looking for something average that's kind of practical and interesting. In other words, you could just look away all over the Internet and pick something up that sounds promising.
To many schools, sixth grade is a kind of a stage. That's when they begin with the science experiments and with science fairs. The great thing is, that they don't really push their students to be competitive at this stage. It's all supposed to be good, clean fun so that they don't scare the students off science too early.
What the judges at these fairs want to see is that a participant really likes what he's doing, is curious about it, sees it as a step forward, and sees that it's something of significance. In short, with 6th grade science experiments, the experiments are not as important in themselves as for how they help a judge see how involved a child is in the spirit of scientific inquiry.
For instance, here's a simple example of the kind of 6th grade science experiments they like, and allow. You'll see a lot of science experiments at science fairs that involve chicken eggs. A child can demonstrate all kinds of principles of physics with an egg. Why does a rotten egg float while a regular egg sinks? How salty does water have to be for an egg to float in it? You get the idea.
If the egg thing seems a bit overdone when it comes to 6th grade science experiments, there are all kinds of other things to try, too. A perfume box is a popular experiment.
This was actually described in the movie French Kiss with Kevin Kline and Meg Ryan. Kevin Kline describes how in school, he made a perfume box. He collected in a box a bunch of different kinds of scents – vanilla, grape, chocolate and so on. The aim of the experiment is to show that smells change how things taste.
Since smell and taste happen to be important parts of many experiments in physics, chemistry and biology, this could be great. The child asks a blindfolded volunteer to take a sip of juice while smelling different kinds of smells. The aim is to prove that things taste different when they smell different – even if they actually taste the same.
You might want to try this one for your child's next school science experiment.