Science Essay Topics for Middle School Students

Science education is important in today's highly technical world.

Science education is vastly important given the fact that the National Center for Education Statistics cited that U.S. teens scored below average in math and science compared to students in other industrialized nations. Writing a well-researched science essay is very much a part of a science project, presentation, or activity. An essay helps you organize your facts. Likewise, the topic you choose should articulate clearly your hypothesis or theory. The hard part is choosing a good topic. (reference 1)

1 Choosing Topic

Choosing a science essay topic can be difficult because science encompasses so many specialized areas of study. There is life science, physical science, earth science, chemistry, biology, physics, and astronomy. This is just the tip of the iceberg. If you are having trouble deciding, try to narrow the list down to what you are interested in the most, and search the internet for government organizations, or universities and colleges that fund summer camps and/or run essay contests.

2 Finding Helpful Websites

The national aeronautics and space administration (NASA) has a website full of ideas for good science essay topics. One of their photo and essay contests encourages the student to learn more about solar system geological processes. This is a good essay topic for those students who like to conduct scientific experimentation in an outdoor environment. (see reference 2)

3 Good Ideas

The U.S. Department of Energy has a website offering many different scientific topics that can be explored and put into essay format. For example, if you are interested in life science, a good essay topic might be: Describe the primary oxygen-transporting protein found in red blood cells. If you are more interested in earth sciences, you might want your essay to discuss the common name for the rising and falling of sea levels in reaction to the power expended by the Moon and Sun. (see reference 3)

4 Organizations with Ideas

Other government organizations that offer good essay topics include the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory which runs summer science camps for middle school students and a science bowl in which students compete. They also have an annual essay contest with varying themes, such as: "Combustion, hybrid, or electric? What type of engine would you choose?" Another one is: “re-design the energy use in your city. What would you do to make your city use clean and efficient energy sources?”(see reference 4)

In 1995 Barbara Sorensen began writing and editing for the quarterly magazine, "Winds of Change." She freelances for "The Tribal College Journal" and "SACNAS News." Sorensen has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Iowa.