Fourth Grade Science Projects (254 results)

Science Buddies' fourth grade science projects are the perfect way for fourth grade students to have fun exploring science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Our fourth grade projects are written and tested by scientists and are specifically created for use by students in the fourth grade. Students can choose to follow the science experiment as written or put their own spin on the project.

For a personalized list of science projects, fourth graders can use the Science Buddies Topic Selection Wizard. The wizard asks students to respond to a series of simple statements and then uses their answers to recommend age-appropriate projects that fit their interests.

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Dimmer switches let us control the brightness of a light, anywhere from completely off to full brightness. This can be nice when you want to set the brightness "just right," as opposed to a regular light switch that only lets you turn a light on or off. It turns out that you can make a dimmer switch out of an everyday object—a pencil! Try this project to find out how a dimmer switch can control the brightness of a light. Read more
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
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Prerequisites None
Material Availability A kit for this project is available from our partner Home Science Tools.
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety Short circuits can get very hot and present a burn hazard. Never connect the positive and negative ends (red and black wires) of the battery pack directly to each other. Adult supervision is required for whittling the pencil.
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Germs are everywhere! We try and clean our home with disinfectants, but do we really get rid of all the germs? Find out with this "hands-on" experiment. Read more
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
Tinkering
Prerequisites None
Material Availability A kit for this project is available from our partner Home Science Tools.
Cost Average ($40 - $80)
Safety Follow the general safety precautions for handling microorganisms outlined at the end of the Procedure for this science project.
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Do you ever wonder how markers are made? Where do all of those colors come from? Many of the colorful dyes we use come from plants. Could you create vibrant colored natural dyes? Could you turn these dyes into art supplies? You can! In this science project, become a scientist and engineer and make your own marker using homemade plant dye! Read more
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
Tinkering
Prerequisites None
Material Availability For your convenience a kit is available from our partner Home Science Tools.
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety Adult supervisions is required while using the stove, hot water, and cutting knife.
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How do scientists "copy" DNA? They use a process called the Polymerase Chain Reaction, or PCR. The key to making this process work is having a short piece of DNA, called a primer, that will stick to the larger piece of DNA you want to copy, called a template. In this science project, you will test how the number of matches and mismatches in a primer will affect its ability to stick, or anneal, to the DNA template during PCR. Read more
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
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Material Availability A large number of magnets are needed.
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety No issues
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Do you enjoy going stargazing? In a good location on a clear night, you can see a huge number of stars twinkling in the night's sky. Have you ever wondered how far those stars are from us? Ancient astronomers actually discovered a way figure this out, measuring the distance from Earth to faraway stars. How did they do it without modern technologies? In this astronomy science project you will find out by exploring the link between the distance of an object and perspective (also known as… Read more
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
Tinkering
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Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No hazards
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Have you ever heard the phrase, "Seeing is believing"? Well, it is more accurate than you might think! In this science project, you can investigate the phenomenon of apparent motion by making your own flip-book animations Read more
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
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Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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Some laundry detergents have added enzymes that break down proteins, helping to remove them from the cloth fibers, and thus remove stains. You can perform a scientific test of these enzymes' stain-fighting ability. Do background research on the enzyme(s) in the detergent, and on the substances you choose for making the stains. Try to predict for which substances the enzymes will be effective. Cut a piece of light-colored cotton cloth into identical 10 cm squares. Choose… Read more
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Chances are, you have several materials around your house made of gelatinized materials. Gels are used in all kinds of products and materials: pudding, diapers, insoles, packaging, ice cream, toothpaste, and many more. In this project, find out how gels are made and how they can be adjusted from firm to soft by changing the ingredients. Read more
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
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Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety Requires Adult supervision when heating - corn starch solutions can become super heated in a microwave!
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Did you know that our brains are split into two parts, right inside our head? One half is the left brain and the other half is the right brain. Some people use one half of the brain more than the other half when they are doing certain activities, like talking or reading. The half that is used is sometimes tied to which hand they prefer to use. If someone likes to use their right hand when doing an activity, like drawing or throwing a ball, do they also prefer to use their right ear, eye,… Read more
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
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Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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Animals respond to chemical cues in different ways. If an animal turns away from a chemical cue, then that chemical is a repellent. If an animal turns toward a chemical cue, then that chemical is an attractant. Attractants and repellents can be airborne chemicals, chemicals found in food, or chemicals that diffuse through water. One example of an airborne chemical is a pheromone, a chemical signal that is released by one individual to attract another. Moths release pheromones to… Read more
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
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Prerequisites None
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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