Examples of investigatory projects
You have asked a very good question!. I hope you are still interested in an answer to it, even though a new school year has begun and is running since you first asked it.
I will be brief, since I am not sure you are still interested, because you have probably moved on to another grade. I will give my best advice in a few words for now, saving more details unitl you post an update to your original question.
To start a good quality chemistry investigation, you should avoid selecting a cookie-cutter topic that thousands of other students have already done. Instead, begin your own investigation (research) project simply by asking a question about something in the world around you that you are REALLY interested in learning more about that no one else already has complete answers to.
Ask as many questions like that that you can think of, and select the one that you think you could solve through experiments in the time allowed. That won't be difficult, because almost everything you ask will most likely have a chemical connection, since chemistry is often described as the central science.
Chemistry can be found everywhere, in your home, school, your front or back yard, in you, in your food, your medicines, your clothing, in toys, in machines, in paper, in inks, in paints, in dyes, in soil, in your environment (air, weather, climate, pollution, topsoil contaminants, drinking water, etc), in materials (automobile tires, fuel, clothing, bandaides, etc), in cosmetics, vitamins ... the list goes on and on! From among these and others that you can think of, you can probably list at least one or more questions that could be developed into a really high quality "investigatory project."
It would be important to select a question that requires measurement of some sort. Measurement allows one to collect data, which are the bases of most good investigations. You want to be able to find a data-based solution to your question. Without data, the project you do would not be "scientific."
Give more consideration to questions that require materials already available a) in your chemistry kit, b) in your school lab, or c) in your local community. Also consider seeking advice and materials from the colleges in your metropolitan area. Many professors would be delighted to help you by answering your questions about technical difficulties that might occur as you work on your investigation - just be mindful that you should acknowledge their help in your investigation's final report.
If you post an update to your question, please include more details on your interests that could the sparks for good ideas for specific projects. I'd be glad to help you with the chemical connections, sometimes they are subtle and not immediately recognizable.
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