Internet use and websites
- You may get ideas and material from the Internet.
- You are not allowed to copy a science project from the Internet. You must modify it to contain both a control and a variable.
- Parents must oversee the websites that their child visits; many have pop-ups and links that are not for elementary school aged students.
- Using information from the web is just like a book, word for word is plagiarism and you need to include it in your bibliography.
- If you want to use copyright-protected pictures and text from a website, you must get permission from the author. This usually takes a long time.
- Include a print out of permission (email is OK) in the bibliography.
- Anyone can create a Website; this does not mean its information is correct!
- Make sure the website is run by a large, recognized group such as a college or organization.
- DOT “org” or “edu” or “gov” are generally trustworthy for accuracy of content.
- Crystal Clear Science Fair Projects
- Discovery Channel Science Fair
- Earthquake section of USGS
- Education.com: Science Fair Ideas
- Fish and Wildlife (Department of the Interior)
- Geology section of USGS
- How Stuff Works
- Internet Public Library: Kids Space
- Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- JPL: How to Do a Science Fair Project
- National Geographic Kids
- National Geographic: Oceans
- NOAA Weather and ocean related phenomena
- PBS: DragonFly TV – Science Fairs
- Science Buddies
- Science page of How Stuff Works
- US Geological Survey (USGS)
- US Government web site for kids