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January 28, 2008 2:16 PM   Subscribe

Need an idea for a Science Fair project? The scientists at Science Buddies are here to help.
posted by pombe (13 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

I've seen this before, but that doesn't mean it isn't an excellent reference site. I think our elementary school teachers point the kids there for ideas.
posted by misha at 2:56 PM on January 28, 2008

Metafilter: I think our elementary school teachers point the kids there for ideas.
posted by criticalbill at 3:38 PM on January 28, 2008

some further ideas
posted by caddis at 4:16 PM on January 28, 2008 [1 favorite]

I'm one of the coordinators for Let's Talk Science in Toronto, and this will be an amazing resource for our volunteers! Thanks pombe!
posted by reformedjerk at 4:26 PM on January 28, 2008

Nice site pombe, I added you to my K12HotLinks blog.
posted by jmnugent at 5:11 PM on January 28, 2008

More projects from Mefi's own Bill Beaty.
posted by Tube at 5:23 PM on January 28, 2008

Ok, kids, this is all you need to know - do something that you can illustrate with LOTS OF GRAPHS. Lots of graphs = a good grade, and possibly a prize. Lots of graphs.
posted by moxiedoll at 5:35 PM on January 28, 2008

There will never be too much science on the Internet. <- Not sarcastic.
posted by DU at 5:43 PM on January 28, 2008

Best science project I ever did: How Do Earthworms Affect Different Types of Soil? Got to county on that shit. Except...I just realized that the worms I plunked down in sandbox sand all died a terrible death.

I am a horrible (blue-ribbon-winning) person!
posted by LeeJay at 5:45 PM on January 28, 2008

This is awesome. I hope I'll be able to remember some of this in fifteen or twenty years, when I'm trying to encourage a love of Science in my kids or my friends' kids.
posted by wtdoor at 6:11 PM on January 28, 2008

Great post! Thanks!
posted by Mr_Zero at 6:56 PM on January 28, 2008

My son's Science Fair project this year (regionals Superbowl weekend):

"The Effect of Temperature on the Bioluminescence (Glow Intensity) of the Sea Firefly, Cypridina hilgendorfii."

Last year, he built a catapult.

I don't remember learning much at all in my science classes.
posted by misha at 7:59 PM on January 28, 2008

This Snell's Law project, which measures the concentration of dissolved solids in water using a laser pointer, is pretty slick. The availability of cheap laser pointers actually opens up a whole variety of projects that wouldn't be practical otherwise (e.g. the double-slit experiment, which is devilishly hard to do without a coherent, tightly-collimated source). Probably not the sort of thing that's likely to impress many judges, though.

Water filtration was always a big award-winner in my experience. Get a clear plastic tube, fill it with sand, pour dirty water in the top, watch clean water come out the bottom. Draw graphs. Bask in glory.
posted by Kadin2048 at 8:42 PM on January 28, 2008

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