Science Articles for Middle School

Instructor: Melinda Santos
Reading interesting science articles can spark new interests and encourage further exploration of educational topics. See if any of the articles below pique your interest, and maybe even lead into a fun science fair project.

Intriguing Science Articles for Middle School Students

Researching scientific articles used to mean to spending hours in a library searching for relevant information. Technology today makes this same process easier than ever with the click of a mouse or a tap on a Smartphone. You can find a wide variety of articles on topics that interest you, and then discover ways to turn that interest into a fun science fair project. Check out the articles below, then consider some ways each topic can be turned into the perfect project for you.

1. Journey into DNA by Rick Groleau

This illustrated article makes DNA coding easy to understand as it explains the relationship between chromosomes and our genetic makeup. Use what you learn in this article as a jumping off point for any number of projects focusing on DNA and human genome. also has some useful information about this topic in this Genetics & Hereditary Traits chapter.

2. Cool Jobs: Finding New Uses for Nature's Poisons by Alison Pearce Stevens

This thoughtful article describes how scientists are studying the toxins found on some of the most poisonous frogs to determine how some of these compounds can be used to kill bacteria, as well as provide pest control. Learn more about some of these frogs, such as the blue poison dart frog, and then brainstorm ideas for frog-themed science projects.

3. Your Food Choices Affect Earth's Climate by Janet Raloff

Learn more about the carbon footprint created by the production, shipment and consumption of the foods we eat. Turn this information and the concepts in this Carbon Dioxide's Impact on the Environment lesson into an experiment to determine if increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere does in fact cause global warming.

4. How to Catch a Gravity Wave by Marcia Bartusiak

This intriguing article highlights the concept of gravitational waves as theorized by Albert Einstein almost 100 years ago, which have only recently been detected. Turn the revelations from this article into your own experiment with gravitational forces.

5. The Coolest Inventions of 2015 by TIME For Kids Staff

Learn about some of the most useful and clever inventions from the previous year to gain inspiration for your own unique invention.

6. Good Evidence for 9th Planet in Solar System by Marcia Dunn

Read the latest news about the newest possible addition to our solar system. Then watch this Facts About the Solar System lesson to gauge your interest in projects about this topic.

7. Sun-Powered Path by Jennifer Abbasi

Explore how one city in the Netherlands is harnessing solar power energy through a bike path. Find out more about solar energy and then use this information as momentum to generate your own ideas for renewable energy sources.

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