41 of the Best 6th Grade Science Projects and Experiments

Are you looking for science activities to do with your 6th graders? No sweat. We have you covered. Check out our list of 41 science projects and experiments that you can try with your 6th graders this month.

  1. How Do Antacids Work? | Biochemistry Discovery Lab – Grades 3-6, Simulate out how antacids work to treat heartburn by using fake stomach enzymes.
  2. Mice & Music | Hubpages.com – Grades 3-6, Find out if music affects the performance of mice in a maze.
  3. A Magnetic Primer Designer | Sciencebuddies.org – Grades 3-6 Biology project that utilizes magnets to mimic the process that scientists use to replicate DNA, using the polymerase chain reaction.
  4. Growing Bacteria in Petri Dishes | Stevespanglerscience.com – Grades 3-6 biology In this science fair project, you must find samples of bacteria from an assortment of surfaces to find the surfaces that are the dirtiest.
  5. Yeast Metabolism with and without Aeration | Sciencebuddies.org – Grades 6-8 Biology experiment that evaluates the effects of glucose metabolism in yeast.
  6. Aspirin Absorption in Carbohydrate Solutions | All-Science-Fair-Projects.com– Grades 6-8, Does aspirin absorb into the bloodstream quicker if taken with a carbohydrate food? Test aspirin dissolution in an assortment of carbohydrate solutions.
  7. Bacteria and Toothpaste | All-Science-Fair-Projects.com – Grades 6-8, Do you know which toothpaste cleans your teeth best? In this project, you will row bacteria from your recently brushed teeth in petri dishes to find out the answer.
  8. Effects of Ozone on Plants and Health | Julian’s Science Fair – Grades 4-6, Environmental conditions can dramatically impact plant growth and germination. Does increased ozone stunt germination and plant growth? Grow some plants and find out.
  9. Making Batteries from Fruits and Vegetables | Sciencebuddies.org – Grades 4-7, Use veggie power to build a simple battery from a variety of vegetables. Which ones are the most powerful?
  10. How Do Roots Grow When the Direction of Gravity Changes? | ScienceBuddies.org -Grades 6-10, Plants respond to gravity by stems that grow upward and roots that grow downward. Experiment with germinating seeds and rotate them to make up down and down up. How do you think the growing seedlings will respond?
  11. Hydroponics vs. Soil Growth | All-Science-Fair-Projects.com – Grades 6-8, In this project, students find out if plants grow better in soil or a hydroponic solution.
  12. Puppy Proportions: Your Dog’s Early Months | Sciencebuddies.org – Grades 6-8, Find out how a puppy’s weight, growth, and proportions change early in their lives.
  13. Do Migratory Birds Like It Hot? | Sciencebuddies.org – Grades 6-8, Pick a species of bird and determine if there is a correlation between air temperature and where and when the birds migrate.
  14. That’s a Real Smile! …or is it? | ScienceBuddies.org – Grades 6-8, Can people tell the difference between a fake smile and a real one? Gather information from dozens of volunteers to find out.
  15. Build a Raft Powered by Surface Tension | Sciencebuddies.org – Grades 6-10, Learn about the properties of surface water tension, and use it to propel a raft.
  16. Which Metal Is the Most Resistant to Corrosion? | Sciencebuddies.org – Grades 6-8, Test several kinds of metal exposed to the air, tap water, and saltwater to determine which are the most resistant to corrosion, and which substances are the most corrosive to them.
  17. Ionizing vs. Photoelectric Smoke Detectors | All-Science-Fair-Projects.com – Grades 6-8, Learn how smoke detectors work, and compare the effectiveness of ionizing smoke detectors to photoelectric smoke detectors.
  18. Robot Movement | Education.com – Grades 6-8, Construct a robot equipped with sound/touch sensor circuitry. Run it through a maze to find out if it displays sequential or random movement.
  19. Repurposed Designs | Education.com – Grades 6-8, Identify items that need repurposing such as e-waste, batteries, and mattresses. Then get creative and Invent your own original repurposed design.
  20. Solar-Powered Robot Bug | Sciencebuddies.org – Grades 6-8, Explore electronics and solar energy by building the Frightened Grasshopper, a solar-powered bug.
  21. Stressed Out with Beams | Sciencebuddies.org – Grades 6-8, Test the load-bearing capacity of several types of beams, including I-beams, U-beams, rectangular beams, and T-beams.
  22. Build a Gauss Rifle | ScienceBuddies.org – Grades 6-8, Use magnets and ball bearings to build a rifle based on magnetism. Investigate how many magnet and ball bearing “stages” affect the velocity and distance of the projectile.
  23. Smart Medicine Cabinet | ScienceBuddies.org – Grades 6-8, Do you know someone who needs to take medication daily? Create a sensor that reminds patients when to take their medication.
  24. Grow the Best and the Largest Crystals | Sciencebuddies.org – Grades 6-8, Figure out the best temperature for making the largest, purest crystals using water and borax.
  25. What’s the Fastest Way to Cool a Soda? | ScienceBuddies.org – Grades 6-8, Experiment with different ways to cool a can of soda.  Find out the fastest way to get your tall cold drink.
  26. How Much Potential Energy Do Different Nuts Have? | Education.com – Grades 6-8, Explore the energy of living things. Prove that different varieties of nuts produce electricity in a series of experiments.
  27. How Salty Does the Sea Have to Be for an Egg to Float? | ScienceBuddies.org – Grades 6-8, Figure out precisely what concentration of salt in water is required to make an egg float.
  28. Washing Detergent & Hydrophobic Soil | Education.com – Grades 6-8, Some soils do not absorb water very well.  Find out why and if washing detergent and change their ability to absorb water.
  29. Make Your Own Psychrometer | Sciencebuddies.org – Grades 6-8, Make a psychrometer to measure relative humidity, then use it to measure RH in a variety of weather conditions.
  30. Do Our Storm Drains Keep the Ocean Trash Free? | ScienceBuddies.org – Grades 6-8, Test your local grated storm drain inlets to see if they’re up to the task of keeping plastic litter out of your community’s stormwater drainage system. If they’re not, work on improving the design.
  31. Can Water Float on Water? | ScienceBuddies.org – Grades 6-8, Can liquid water float on liquid water? Investigate how the density of water is affected by its temperature and salinity.
  32. What Weather Factors Create Radiation Fog? | Sciencebuddies.org – Grades 6-8, Make systematic observations about the weather conditions needed to create radiation fog. Can you forecast when and where it will occur?
  33. The Science Behind Tsunamis | Sciencebuddies.org – Grades 6-8, Study the effect of water depth on wave velocity. Learn how tsunamis form and create your own simulation model wave tank to generate a tsunami.
  34. Killing ‘Vampires’: Saving Money and Power | Sciencebuddies.org – Grades 6-8, In this project, you’ll identify electricity “vampires” in your home, such as computer peripherals and electronic equipment, that use power even when not in use. Find out exactly how much energy they use. Use this eye-opening data to help your family save money on electricity.
  35. Which Wheels Work Best? | Education.com – Grades 6-9, Experiment with how different kinds of wheels affect the speed of a skateboard.  You’ll calculate friction co-efficient and its correlation to velocity.
  36. Test the Efficiency of a Solar Cell? | Education.com – Grades 6-9, Find out how much of the energy from the sun that reaches a photovoltaic cell is changed over into electricity.  Predict how to position solar cells for maximum conversion.
  37. How Acidic Waters Make Rocks Disappear | Sciencebuddies.org – Grades 6-10, Soak some limestone rocks in varying amounts of acidic water.  Determine how much acidity is needed to make them dissolve.
  38. Seafloor Spreading | Education.com – Grades 6-12, Use an oatmeal box and some paper to demonstrate seafloor spreading.
  39. Storytelling Alice | Sciencebuddies.org – Grades 6-12, Create your own computer-animated story using Carnegie Mellon’s 3D programming software. You’ll learn computer programming with easy-to-use drag and drop tools.
  40. Modeling Darcy’s Law | Education.com – Grades 6-12, Model the underground movement of water, utilizing Darcy’s Law.
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