Science fair projects Definition and 89 Discussions

A science fair is a competitive event, hosted by schools worldwide. The distinguishing characteristic of a science fair is that project entries employ the scientific method to test a hypothesis. Science fairs are not exhibits or mere displays of projects. Students present their science project results in the form of a report, display board, and/or models that they have created. Science fairs allow students in elementary, middle and high schools to compete in science and/or technology activities. The goal of a science fair is for students to answer a question based on a hypothesis. Students often work on science fair projects in addition to their school work. Therefore, most science fair entries are usually modified versions of existing experiments. Display boards help communicate the nuances of a project to science fair judges, visitors, and other entrants.Science fairs may also allow for students with intense interest in the sciences to be paired with mentors from nearby colleges and universities, so that the students have access to instruction and equipment that the local schools do not provide.

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  1. Saba_467

    Chemistry projects that I can create at home

    There is no laboratory in my school ,looking for best chemistry project ideas for the 12th class students at minimal cost and that can be prepared at home . need suggestions on this,response would be appreciated
  2. E

    A Methods for finding properties of quantum dots?

    What are some good methods to determine properties such as light quality/intensity, pH, and water solubility of quantum dots? Other properties are welcome, as well. I do not have a college lab available, so some equipment may not be possible to get. This is for my science fair project next year...
  3. D

    Need help in deciding what to research for physics project

    Hello enlighted people of this forum. I'm an undergraduate from a university in Colombia, my subject of study is software engineering but I have a class which is named "Physics 2", this class introduces the subjects of simple harmonic motion(pendulum, sound waves, etc), electric fields, Gauss's...
  4. N

    Please Please Someone help ! Is this science fair project for real ?

    So I have this guy whom I asked help from for my science fair Project , he showed me something like this he had one meter like thing which he called micrometer(Sorry if I am acting dumb ). And there were two wires coming out of it one of which was attached to a Copper plate and other to...
  5. B

    Science Fair Project Help

    My son is wanting to build a gravity fed water fountain that shoots 20 feet up in the air for his science fair project only problem is neither one of us knows where to start or what to use to build this. Was hoping someone would help...
  6. O

    Science Fair Project - HELP!

    First off, I didnt know where to put this so I just stuck in where I though it seemed to go best (i didnt really want to put it in the homework section). Here's my problem: My teacher is making us (my 8th grade class) do individual science fair projects and compete them at the regional...
  7. I

    Need Help Conceiving Science Fair Engineering Project. Can an Ion Thruster be Built?

    Hello Physics Forums, I am a tenth grade student looking into a possible engineering/science project. I wanted to know if an ion thruster could be built, how hard would it be if at all possible. I could work with the university of Arizona and they might lend me a lab and equipment. (such as...
  8. M

    Wind Turbine Science Fair Project - Generator Coil Problem

    Homework Statement My son and I have built a wind turbine following the plans on: Build your own Wind Turbine Designed by Dave Mussell http://www.re-energy.ca/docs/wind-turbine-cp.pdf" [Broken]. These plans were inspired by the Picoturbine: link to manufacturer and link to PDF. We used...
  9. K

    Science fair project help

    Can anyone give suggest me a science project which is award winning,easy & cheap.
  10. F

    Need HELP! with science fair project

    Need HELP! with science fair project!!!! My science fair project is about converting algae into an alternative fuel source. What I am wondering is if you were a judge, what information would you be curious about knowing?
  11. V

    Science fair project help please

    science fair project help please!!! i'm doing a science fair project on magnets and metals and why they attract. i've already tried googling for a good description of why magnets and metals attract, but none of the answers that popped up were good enough. they do not explain very well the...
  12. M

    Science Fair Project.

    Two containers are connected, divided by a selectively permeable membrane. The continer on the left contains pure water. The container on the right contains water and a negatively charged solute. The container on the right is angeled vertically so that when the water diffuses across the membrane...
  13. T

    Medical Science Fair Project Idea

    So I have been straining my mind for a science fair idea since august and have just now came up with a good idea. I was planning on studying the effects of addiction in mice. My idea is to get 9 mice and place them into 3 different cages and assign them each different numbers, A1 B1 C1, ect. I...
  14. T

    Velocity of air thru a tube - 4th grade science fair project

    Hi.....can anyone help out explain the relationship of diameter to velocity of air flow thru a tube for the following science experiment. A photo is attached. The question they are trying to answer thru the attached experiment is: Does the diameter of the tube affect how high a ping pong...
  15. Math Jeans

    Science fair project

    Hello. My sister is going to participating in the science fair, and apparently my mom would like me to get a great concept for her to use (she wants to go to an elite university and she needs this on the resume). It is only for 9th graders, so I figure that PF can think of better ideas than...
  16. S

    Bullet science fair project?

    anyone have any ideas how I could design a science fair project around bullet physics? I was leaning toward muzzle velocity and bullet speed. also the power the different calibre's of bullets have on impact but I am not sure how to design the experiment or measure results any help would be...
  17. Q

    Ideas for science fair project

    I was wondering if anyone new of anyway to test relativity in an easy experiment, or an easy experiement forthe photoelectric effect.
  18. M

    Can You Take 5 minutes to Help me With my Science Fair Project?

    Could you please go to http://SciProj.yes2.us" [Broken]and participate in an experiment for my science fair project? Once at the website, you will click on a link to watch a 2-1/2 minute video. Then your browser will redirect you to a page with some questions for you to answer. After you...
  19. P

    Science Fair Project, !

    My science fair project is basically making a game. In this game you pick up diamonds, and the objective is to pick all 10 of them up in the least amount of time. My theory is that teens will have lesser time than adults, but i dont know how to put this in a 'physics/science' way. I also...
  20. C

    LaTex for my science fair project

    I really want to use LaTex for my science fair project. I went to the LaTex website and went to instructions in getting LaTex. I know I need to get something called MikTex. Can someone please explain to me how to get LaTex, and use it to write papers? I saw all the other posts, but they never...
  21. G

    What are some things worth looking at in Biology for a science fair project?

    I’m starting to think about what I want to do for the regional science fair and this year I might do something pertaining to biology, so ideas and comments would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Regards, Garret
  22. D

    Need ideas for Science Fair project related to math

    Hi everyone: I 'd like to enter the New-York Intel ISEF fair with a project related to phyical science or math. I'm open to any ideas, but keep in mind -The project must be original research on a specific topic. :smile: It needs to be something thats new and follows the scientific method...
  23. Greg Bernhardt

    Giant list of science fair project ideas

    This seems to be a fairly common question. Lets make a list of possible topics and projects someone could do for these competitions.
  24. R

    Physics project help -- magnetism

    Is it possible to make a magnet that slides down a pole with no friction? The magnet would be a cylinder, the exterior would be N and the interior S. It would slide down the S end of a magnetized pole. That way the the pole would push equally on the sides of the interior of the cylinder. This is...
  25. N

    Sonoluminescence set up help

    I am working on a high school science fair project and I wanted to study sonoluminescence. I am having trouble with the setup and I am not sure what kind of stuff I need. I've been referring to websites and papers such as: http://dave.ucsc.edu/physics195/thesis_2010/mccluney_thesis.pdf...
  26. Physicist50

    Plasma Microwave Experiment

    Hi everyone, I am about to enter a local Science Fair and my project revolves around creating plasma in a microwave. This is a great experiment, all you do is stick a lighted match in a cork, (or something to hold the match in place) put it in the microwave with a glass beaker over the match...
  27. S

    I desperatley for science fair

    Over the summer, to go into Chem I Honors, students at my school have to complete a science fair project. I had decided to do something with bridge structure, and nobody- not my adviser or my teacher- told me what a terrible idea i had. I originally had planned to make mini models with actual...
  28. N

    My project at ISEF

    Hey PF, I want to precipitate ISEF (The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair) this year, there's an idea that came up in my mind during studying MagLev trains in physics, since high speeds are achieved in MagLev trains due to the elimination of friction, what if air pressure was...
  29. N

    My planned project for ISEF

    Hey PF, I want to precipitate ISEF (The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair) this year, there's an idea that came up in my mind during studying MagLev trains in physics, since high speeds are achieved in MagLev trains due to the elimination of friction, what if air pressure was...
  30. The Eraser

    Schools International Olympiad = Top University ?

    After this summer I'm starting my 11th grade. I would like to study physics at a top university (UK or US). But at the moment, I don't have any physics or mathematics olympiad prize. Do I need an International Olympiad to go to a top university? I'm confident my baccalaureate grade...
  31. G

    Stargazing Worlds biggest telescope

    sir i am taking part in the google science fair with my own design of worlds biggest telescope. my design is given below:- we will have a geo stationary satellite, which will revolute around the earth and we will have a big mirror on the earth with focus on the satellite when rays will come...
  32. T

    Quantum Physics Science Advanced Project

    So, I love physics and math. I have my first Science fair coming up, and I've dreamed about this day since I was five. Putting my knowledge into work that my peers can judge, and maybe spark interest in Physics for someone else. What project could I do that is Quantum Physics or really any...
  33. J

    Trying to start a space club at university, help?

    Trying to start a "space club" at university, help? I've really been wanting to get into things like model/amateur rocketry and astronomy for some time. My school doesn't have any clubs for that and there are no local organizations as far as I can tell, so I figured I'd just get things going...
  34. J

    Misc. DIY Quantum Eraser

    Click here for the publication. Having performed this experiment, I have gotten clean results. Essentially, a double slit is made by putting an electron beam in the way of a wire with orthogonal polarizers on either side. This destroys the expected interference pattern since the polarized...
  35. Greg Bernhardt

    Meet a Mentor: Dale

    Meet a Mentor is a fun series to help you get to know your wonderful Mentors better. Constructive questions and comments are welcome! Today we meet: Dale Give us a brief history of Dale I have moved around a decent amount during my life: Arizona, Indiana, Colorado, Texas, Michigan, Utah...
  36. Phizix

    Quantum Levitation Question

    Okay so I am a highschool student so please don't hate me if this is a dumb question. I'm am doing a Science Fair Project in a couple of months and I decided to start thinking of some ideas. I'm thinking of doing Quantum Levitation (Quantum Locking) and the science behind it. So as most of you...
  37. Corpuscule

    Post PhD: how to transition out of academia?

    I would like to thank this forum for numerous threads discussing various ways to transition out of academia after getting a PhD in physics. However I still think that I am missing a key factor leading to successful transitions. I also have nobody to ask in person. All of my friends who got...
  38. B

    Power from LED bulb in sunlight

    My son is working on his science fair project. I had told him that LED bulbs produce voltage in sunlight and he's been exploring that and is trying to see if he can charge a cell phone using LED bulbs under a light source. Using dozens of small LEDs, he is producing about 5v under a light...
  39. A

    Possible application of Genetic Algorithms

    Ok so I have a view ideas in mind for a project I was planning on doing involving genetic algorithms for my high school science fair class. I do have 3 mentors one a mathematician, a computer scientist who focuses on GAs, and a physicist who focuses on nano structures. here where I live, but...
  40. J

    Engineering Biochemistry vs. Chemical Engineering

    i'm not exactly sure what i want my future career to be (my interests keep changing) but right now i'm set on engineering. i did a little research and i've narrowed it down to either chemical or systems design engineering. if there are any chemical engineers out there, why did u choose this...
  41. R

    Programs Need Opinions On Majors/Minors (Update from last year's post)

    First, An update from the post I made last year(Just skip down to the bottom part if you don't want to read) Hey guys, long time, no see. I actually forgot i was registered here until I just did some searching through my email and stumbled across a post I made here a year and a half ago. Back...
  42. Govind_Balaji

    I need to do a project for science fair based on newton's laws

    The science fair is after 1-2 months but I should submit a report not exceeding 300 words what I will do in the project tomorrow morning to my teacher. Now it's 10pm. Please give me ideas as soon as possible(Before 30min from now)
  43. V

    How bright is the future of Maglev Cars?

    Hey guys, I made a topic similar to this earlier, but after I was informed that my ideas has several flaws that would prevent it from working, I revised it and researched more about my topic. This is my original idea with several concepts that has changed. I am planning on making a mini-model...
  44. L

    Schools Grad school with little/no research experience in between.

    Here goes another wild stab in the dark: As a quick refresher, I will be graduating with a bachelors in physics in a month. I was not successful in getting into grad school this year (I got waitlisted at UMN but was ultimately turned down, I also should have applied to more schools/bigger...
  45. S

    Little bit of help for science fair project please

    Little bit of help for science fair project please!! Hi guys, I am 13 years old and I am a new member on this forum and I need help with a science fair project. For my project I am showing how companies make tablets so I need to learn how to make a tablet. I did some research but some of the...
  46. C

    Engineering Advise on mechanical engineering to physics decision

    Hi everyone, I’m a 23 year old female, currently in my final semester of a mechanical engineering degree. I’ll start with some background information... I've loved physics and astronomy since first reading about black holes and the life cycle of stars in Dad's ancient Encyclopedia...
  47. Greg Bernhardt

    Meet a Mentor: berkeman

    Greg Bernhardt submitted a new PF Insights post Interview with an Electrical Engineer: Berkeman Continue reading the Original PF Insights Post.
  48. F

    ADR for Middle School Science fair project (Magnetic Refrigeration)

    Hi, I'm curious about doing a middle school science fair project showing how magnetism can be used to cool Gadolinium and thus demonstrate the basis of magnetic refrigeration (ADR). From what I've read it looks like the requirements for generating the required magnetic field would make such...
  49. R

    Science Fair Ideas?

    Hey guys, our teacher just announced that for our physics final this year we will be participating in our first ever school science fair (ooohhh!) Anyways, I've been searching for an hour or so and can't really come up with any decent ideas with myself. The project has to be "high school"...
  50. Ascendant78

    Questions regarding science fair/talent projects?

    I recently read an article about a science fair that raised a lot of questions for me. The article discussed the projects of the high school students who had placed in the fair. These students had achieved some amazing feats in their projects, and half of the projects have terminology in them...
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