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True or False? The Lying Experiment
True or False? The Lying Experiment
Science Project
True or False? The Lying Experiment
This science project has students study a group of volunteer liars actively lying to study the behavior of a lie. Students see if they can figure out the truth.
5th grade
Social studies
Science Project
How Does Color Affect Memory?
How Does Color Affect Memory?
Science Project
How Does Color Affect Memory?
This science fair project idea determines the way in which color affects memorization.
Social studies
Science Project
Marie Laure Ryan Experiment
Marie Laure Ryan Experiment
Science Project
Marie Laure Ryan Experiment
This science fair project idea studies how how do readers predict what events will happen next while reading a story.
Social studies
Science Project
Can You Keep a Secret?
Science Project
Can You Keep a Secret?
Stories change as you retell them. The objective of this science fair project is to demonstrate how information gets interpreted, distorted and changed.
1st grade
Science
Science Project
Optical Illusions
Optical Illusions
Science Project
Optical Illusions
Can you fool your eyes and your brain with an optical illusion? The purpose of this science fair project is to demonstrate various kinds of optical illusions.
Kindergarten
Science
Science Project
Does Hair Color Affect Perception of Intelligence?
Does Hair Color Affect Perception of Intelligence?
Science Project
Does Hair Color Affect Perception of Intelligence?
Will people perceive your intelligence differently depending on your hair color? Find out in this science fair project idea!
Social studies
Science Project
Reverse the Field
Reverse the Field
Science Project
Reverse the Field
The objective of this science fair project is to determine the rate at which participants can respond to different patterns.
Social studies
Science Project
Does Eyesight Influence Staring Contest Performance?
Does Eyesight Influence Staring Contest Performance?
Science Project
Does Eyesight Influence Staring Contest Performance?
Can you win a staring contest? Would your performance be influenced by your eyesight? Find out in this science fair project idea!
Social studies
Science Project
Does Face Shape Affect Ones' Perception of Kindness?
Does Face Shape Affect Ones' Perception of Kindness?
Science Project
Does Face Shape Affect Ones' Perception of Kindness?
Look at people's face shape. Do you think their face shape affects your perception of kindness? Find out more in this science fair project idea!
Social studies
Science Project
Does Astrology Work? A Test
Does Astrology Work? A Test
Science Project
Does Astrology Work? A Test
In this science fair project, students evaluate if astrological signs provide clues about people's personalities.
Science
Science Project
Colors That Make You Hungry
Colors That Make You Hungry
Science Project
Colors That Make You Hungry
In this science fair project, students investigate how different colors influence appetite.
Social studies
Science Project
Do the Phases of the Moon Affect the Way We Feel?
Do the Phases of the Moon Affect the Way We Feel?
Science Project
Do the Phases of the Moon Affect the Way We Feel?
In this science fair project, students evaluate if the phases of the moon affect the way people feel.
Social studies
Science Project
Gender Differences in Body Language Interpretation
Gender Differences in Body Language Interpretation
Science Project
Gender Differences in Body Language Interpretation
This science fair project compares the abilities of men and women to understand subtle communication through body language.
Social studies
Science Project
Evaluating the Healing Powers of Amber
Evaluating the Healing Powers of Amber
Science Project
Evaluating the Healing Powers of Amber
In this science fair project, students evaluate the alleged pain-relieving properties of amber.
Social studies
Science Project
Interpreting Emotion Through Facial Microexpressions
Interpreting Emotion Through Facial Microexpressions
Science Project
Interpreting Emotion Through Facial Microexpressions
This middle school science fair project evaluates test subjectsâ ability to determine what a person is feeling by reading their facial microexpressions.
Social studies
Science Project
Is It What You Say or How You Say It?
Is It What You Say or How You Say It?
Science Project
Is It What You Say or How You Say It?
In this science fair experiment, middle school students evaluate whether tone of voice can influence our ability to remember a list of everyday objects.
Social studies
Science Project
How Do Movies Influence Your Appetite?
How Do Movies Influence Your Appetite?
Science Project
How Do Movies Influence Your Appetite?
This science project investigates the influence of different genres of movies on appetite.
Social studies
Science Project
Personality Profile of the Social Media Junkie
Personality Profile of the Social Media Junkie
Science Project
Personality Profile of the Social Media Junkie
In this science fair project, students evaluate test subjects to determine if certain personality traits are more common in frequent users of social media.
Social studies
Science Project
Descriptive Reduction Exercise
Descriptive Reduction Exercise
Science Project
Descriptive Reduction Exercise
This interactive project invites science fair-goers to participate in examination and recording to demonstrate the importance of firsthand observation.
Social studies
Science Project
The Best Pet for your Health
The Best Pet for your Health
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The Best Pet for your Health
This social science experiment endeavors to determine whether certain types of animals provide greater physical and mental health benefits to their owners.
Science
Science Project
Investigating Beauty with the Golden Ratio
Investigating Beauty with the Golden Ratio
Science Project
Investigating Beauty with the Golden Ratio
In this project students learn about the golden ratio and investigate if it can be used to predict people's assessment of beauty in others.
Social studies
Science Project

Social Studies Resources

Social studies is the study of the social sciences, humanities and history, and has the primary purpose of helping young people make informed decisions as citizens of a democratic society. It teaches young kids how our society functions by studying its history and applying those lessons to current events. With our resources and tools, make history come alive for students and spark their interest in civic issues.

Social Studies 101

Social Studies covers a broad area of study, drawing upon such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion and sociology. It is defined by the American National Council for Social Studies as "the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence."

The goal is to give students knowledge about the world, nation and society around them so they can make informed decisions about civic issues that affect them and their families, especially as they grow older. Ultimately, Social Studies is the study of people, from members of our family to people who live on the other side of world. It includes people living now, those who lived in the past and those who will live in the future.

Since people are a complex subject, an integrated study is necessary to give children as full a picture of humanity as possible. History and geography serve as the anchor, supported by other social sciences (psychology, philosophy, sociology, etc.) and the humanities (literature, the performing arts, and the visual arts).

There are approximately 10 fields of study that students learn in elementary and high school.
  • Time, Continuity and Change
  • People, Places and Environments
  • Individual Development and Identity
  • Individuals, Groups, and Institutions
  • Power, Authority, and Governance
  • Production, Distribution, and Consumption
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Global Connections
  • Civic Ideals and Practices
Children are naturally attracted to Social Studies because they are curious about themselves and others. Give them a head start with our tools and resources and they’ll be on their way to becoming informed citizens.