It’s strange that science fair season in schools doesn’t happen around Halloween– because it can really freak out students and parents alike. But fear not, chums! We’ve got some fun ideas to see you through. Like, why not make it all about GUM?
There are lots of kid-friendly, gum-related hypotheses that can be developed for science fair projects. Start by exploring simple questions like: which gum brand or flavor lasts the longest? Which bubble gum brand makes the biggest bubbles? Which gum tastes the sweetest? In her science fair project a few years back (pictured above), Kayla from CA examined what makes Glee more environmentally friendly than other gum– and got an “A”!
For a greater challenge, take a gander at some of the recent studies on chewing gum. See what further research you can do on gum’s surprising benefits, like the ability to boost test scores, counter fatigue, and lower stress levels. If you think chewing gum improves concentration, how might you confirm this? For another interesting angle, watch this chewing gum ad examine social perceptions of gum-chewing by featuring identical twins.
Our Make Your Own Candy Kits and gum base also make great jumping-off points for experimentation. And you can find more fun facts and inspiration in our site’s sections Learn More and For Educators & Inquiring Minds. For other gummy ideas, check out eHow and HubPages. Before long, you may find yourself wishing that science fair season would “stick around” all year!