For some students, coming up with a science project idea and executing that idea can be difficult. But if you think about activities that you love to do and the science involved in some of those activities, a science project idea might present itself -- and you might even have fun doing it! Basketball lovers, for example, can find ample material in shooting hoops.

Shooting Percentage

One statistic basketball analysts use to judge players' performance is shooting percentage -- the percentage of baskets a player makes out of all of the shots he takes. You can design a science project based on this principle by comparing novice and advanced players. Begin by making a hypothesis about what percentage of shots 10 novice players will make and 10 advanced players will make. Then have the 20 players shoot 10 free throws, noting how many shots the two groups made and how many the two groups missed. The math is easy -- because each group will have tried 100 shots, the number they sink will add up to the shooting percentage. Was your hypothesis confirmed?

Technique

Other science projects might focus on the best and worst techniques for shooting hoops. A specific experiment might have you testing whether it is best to shoot from the chest, from the chin or over the head. To complete the experiment, ask about 10 subjects who have similar basketball capabilities to shoot 10 free throws from the chest, 10 free throws from the chin and 10 free throws from over the head. Record how many baskets your subjects made from each position and analyze the data to decipher which technique is the best for shooting hoops.