“I Wonder…”: Reconnecting with Our Natural Curiosity
Every day, all day long, we ask ourselves questions about the world. Most of us are not conscious that we do so, but those questions can be very important.
These questions are clues to the things that we wonder most about the world and that is exactly where a STEM research project should begin – with your own natural curiosity. “I Wonder…” is a process that can help you reconnect with that curiosity and lead you to a unique research project topic that you are passionate about investigating.
“I Wonder” Challenge
If you’re looking for a project idea or just want to tap into your curiosity, we recommend starting with an “I Wonder” journal.
“I Wonder” Introduction
Learn all about the “I Wonder” process, which can help you turn your questions about the world into a science research project that you could enter into a science fair.
Blogs About Students Who Wonder
Articles that Make us Wonder
Science News and Science News for Students are our award-winning publications that cover current advances across all STEM disciplines. We have gathered a collection of articles specifically on things that made us wonder to further shed light on this topic and provide inspiration for student research projects.
Why you’re spotting more wildlife during COVID-19
There aren’t more animals, we’re just paying better attention to them
Here’s how the periodic table gets new elements
From discovery to confirmation and naming, the path is rarely simple
How popcorn got its pop
There are special movements behind these delicious edible explosions
Why are cicadas such clumsy fliers?
Chemical analysis of the insects’ wings by a teen and his dad now offers clues
Is the coronavirus mutating? Yes. But here’s why you don’t need to panic
Lab experiments would help determine whether mutations change how the virus infects cells
Why the knuckleball takes such a knucklehead path
The new explanation traces to a ‘drag crisis’
Why Rembrandt and da Vinci may have painted themselves with skewed eyes
Scientists are still debating if the cause was an eye disorder or one strongly dominant eye
Why are bees vanishing?
Scientists find a combination of threats may explain declining honeybee populations
New books explore why dogs and humans have such a special bond
Dog Is Love and Our Dogs, Ourselves look at the relationship we have with our canine companions
Explainer: How brief can hibernation be?
For a half-century, scientists have debated whether animals can hibernate for as little as a day
Why tumbleweeds may be more science fiction than Old West
Salsola plants form tangled balls of dead foliage to spread their seeds
Explainer: How CRISPR works
This technique lets scientists edit DNA in plants and animals
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill spread much farther than once thought
Simulations show the extent of toxic oil pollution in the Gulf of Mexico from the 2010 disaster
How to protect your home from disasters amplified by climate change
Individuals and communities can prepare for flooding, fires and drought