strength of shapes or make designs
Use paper models of various 3-D shapes including polyhedra to demonstrate principles of geometric shapes or to represent crystals.
Note: The 3-D Drawing and Geometry page provides several additional shape project ideas.
Illustrate angles with a bridge building project.
Everybody loves a bubble! Bubbles may be studied at elementary or sophisticated levels involving the refraction of light in beautiful illustrations. You will find many Internet resources on bubbles including bubble formulae for bubbles that can last throughout a math fair.
Many resources are also available on Tesselations. Some especially interesting and useful ones include the following:
Geometer's Sketchpad and Tessellations
A tutorial for making tesselations with a drawing program.
Is a Tessellation?
A tutorial for making tessellations.
Brilliant colors and designs in these tessellations are inspiring.
Here are some good tutorials and templates for making tessellations.
to Make A Seismograph
Step-by-step directions for a homemade seismograph.
Some project ideas may come from word problems. For challenging questions check fermi questions, locker problems and traffic jam problems may provide ideas for interesting problem/solution display projects.
Have your students apply mathematical concepts to these simple moving projects made in elementary schools to become higher level fair projects.
Analyzing data gathered from Internet sources
MORE DIFFICULT PROJECTS
Eye Opener Series
Eye Opener Series is a collection of Java applets that illustrate and thus help to solve or prove various math problems.
Discussion of Probability Theory and different problems for practice.
Additional Math Resources