Science Fair Projects
Ideas and Sample Projects by Grade Level

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Primary School - Grades K-3
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What causes the big breaks and cracks in our Earth? What do faults have to do with fractures? [P]
Earthquake Building Science Fair Projects & Experiments
All about Earthquakes
Elementary School - Grades 4-6
P=Project   E=Experiment
Measure the slope angle at which different rocks slid one over another (landslide). [P]
Do Lost Pet Ads Predict Earthquakes? [E] [E]
Earthquake Building Science Fair Projects & Experiments
All about Earthquakes

Middle School - Grades 7-9
P=Project   E=Experiment   C=Electronic Circuit
Make an Earthquake Early Warning Alarm [C]
Determine whether a vertical or a horizontal direction of energy (simulating an earthquake) will cause more liquefaction to occur in saturated sandy soil? [E]
Map earthquake activity and relate it to the positions of the Earth's tectonic plates. [E]
What type of rock can withstand the most pressure before fracturing? [E]
Build and test your own seismograph. [E]
Use archived, online seismometer data from the Berkeley Digital Seismic Network to create your own seismograms in order to measure how fast seismic waves from distant earthquakes travel through the Earth's crust. [E]
All you need to know about earthquakes! [E]
Which Structures Perform Better During an Earthquake [E] [E]
Which soil is the safest to build a structure on in the earthquake-prone area of San Francisco Bay? [E] [E] [E]
How likely it is that a large earthquake will strike? [E]
The Location of earthquakes (epicenters) by using the time differential for P and S waves [E]
How the different modes of earthquake affect the damage suffered by a building? [E]
Does the moon have any effect on Earth seismic activity? [E]
Determine the accuracy of lichenometry in dating past earthquakes. [E]
Factors that affect the transfer of force through saturated soil [E]
Which soil foundation can withstand the most water before liquefaction occurs? [E] [E] [E]
Can earthquakes be predicted by lost pet ads? [E] [E]
The effects of liquefaction on desert soils [E]
Earthquake Building Science Fair Projects & Experiments
All about Earthquakes

High School - Grades 10-12
P=Project   E=Experiment
A Novel Approach in the Construction of an Earthquake, Tsunami, and Radiation Resistant System [P]
Earthquakes: What Can We Learn from History? [E]
The Effects of Anthropogenic Biomes on Perceived Ground Shaking [E]
Earthquake Basics [P]
Determine how and to what extent site effects (soil type and distance) can account for peak ground acceleration (PGA). [E]
Learn if different types of soil or sand decrease the magnitude of compression waves. [E]
Estimate the diameter of the Earth's core by measuring seismic waves around the globe. [E]
Locate the epicenters of worldwide earthquakes using archived seismometer. [E]
Locate the epicenters of Northern California earthquakes using archived seismometer data. [E]
Seismic and Petrographic Analyses of the Victoria Island Structure [E]
Shear Wave Velocity Determined by Refraction Microtremor Surveys to Assess Earthquake Risk [E]
Study the topography of Mentawai Islands, create a map of clear uplifted terraces and by mapping the distribution of the terraces identify the uplift caused by previous earthquakes. [E]
Test several methods of landslide prevention to determine which is the most effective. [E]
Build Your Own Seismometer [E] [E] [E] [E]
Demonstrate seismology - build an earthquake machine [E]
Simulation of terrestrial impact craters [E]
Fossil source material movement due to tectonic vibrations [E]
Make a Brick and Sandpaper Earthquake Model [E]
Make a Shake Table [E] [E] [E]
Earthquake Building Science Fair Projects & Experiments
All about Earthquakes
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