Science Fair Projects

with Forrest Mims III

Want to do awesome on your science fair project?  Forrest Mims, an amateur scientist, offers helpful tips on how to do your science fair project.

Part 1 : Why Do a Science Fair Project?

Science fair projects are sometimes a requirement for your schooling, but why should you focus some time on them?  In this video, Forrest shares how science fair projects can impact your education and your life.

11 min. –  Watch Now

Part 2 : An Introduction to the Basics

What is a hypothesis? Is it necessary to know before you start your project? Every project begins with an understanding of the basics.  In this video, Forrest Mims lays out the framework for great science fair projects.

10 min. –  Watch Now

Part 3 : Finding Supplies and Organizing

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make an excellent science fair project.  Most of the items that you’ll need can be found in your home or borrowed from your school.  Forrest shares some of his helpful tips on how to gather supplies and organize your project for success.

7 min. –  Watch Now

Part 4 : Studying Tree Rings - An Example Project

You’ve probably heard of tree rings and that their characteristics can tell us something about the environment.  In this video, Forrest Mims shares an example project using tree rings cut from his Geronimo Creek Observatory in Texas.  He also shares how he studies these rings using simple techniques that can make your project stand out as well.

15 min.

Forrest Mims III

Amateur Scientist

Forrest M. Mims III is the bestselling author of Getting Started in Electronics, and The Engineer’s Notebook.

He is also the author of more than 15 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and he has written more than 1,500 columns and articles for many magazines and newspapers, including Nature, ScienceScientific American, and MAKE Magazine.

Mims has been assigned major scientific field studies and projects by NOAA, NASA and EPA. His development of a handheld instrument for measuring the ozone layer earned a prestigious Rolex award in 1993, and Discover magazine has named Mims one of the “50 Best Brains in Science.”

In 2018 Rolex sponsored Mims’ innovative study of solar UV across Hawaii Island. Learn more about Mims’ science at

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