Recycling Paper for Science Fair Projects

Science Fair Projects for Middle and High School

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Recycling means to treat waste products so that they can be reused or to recover reusable materials from waste products.

Recycling saves landfill space, and cuts down on human waste, it also saves resources. A normal family of four will use so much paper in their lifetime that it equals 6 trees. Since paper can be reused over and over again, the same family would use less of the resource if they used recycled paper.

Since recycling is a hot environmental topic, and recycled paper is easy to make, this is a great science fair project.

Project Ideas:

  1. Show how paper can be recycled by making your own. Use two different types of paper to start and note the differences of the "recycled" paper you create.
  2. List uses for recycled paper.
  3. How much paper does your family use in one week? Include boxes, wrapping paper and everything that is a paper product. How much of the natural resources could your family save by using recycled paper?
  4. Describe the recycling movement and add how much it has changed in the past 10 years? 25 years?

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About These Science Fair Projects:

The science projects located here on the Parenting Teens site are ideas developed by its Guide, Denise D. Witmer. Some are projects completed during her years of working with high school students, researched projects and others are original ideas. Please use these science fair ideas as a guide to help your teen complete a science project to the best of their ability. In your role as a facilitator, you should feel free to share this project with them, but not to do the project for them. Please do not copy these project ideas to your website or blog, post the link if you wish to share it.

Recommended Books for Science Fair Projects:

365 Simple Science Experiments with Everyday Materials
From the book cover: "The fundamentals of science are brought to life in a year's worth of fun and educational hands-on experiments that can be performed easily and inexpensively at home." People who have purchased this book have called it easy to understand and great for the student who needs a project but they aren't really interested in the sciences. The book is for both young and older students.

The Scientific American Book of Great Science Fair Projects
From the book cover: "From creating your own non-Newtonian fluids (slime, putty, and goop!) to teaching a sow bug how to run through a maze, you'll be astounded at the number of incredible things you can do with Scientific American Great Science Fair Projects. Based on the long-standing and well-respected "Amateur Scientist" column in Scientific American, each experiment can be done with ordinary materials found around the house or that are easily available at low cost."

Strategies for Winning Science Fair Projects
From the book cover: "Written by a science fair judge and an international science fair winner, this must-have resource is packed with strategies and pointers for putting together a winning science fair project. Here you'll get the nitty-gritty on a wide variety of topics, from the fundamentals of the science fair process to the last-minute details of polishing your presentation."

The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science: 64 Daring Experiments for Young Scientists
"Introducing 64 valuable science experiments that snap, crackle, pop, ooze, crash, boom, and stink! From Marshmallows on Steroids to Home-Made Lightning, the Sandwich Bag Bomb to Giant Air Cannon, The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science awakens kids' curiosity while demonstrating scientific principles like osmosis, air pressure, and Newton's Third Law of Motion."