Gaby S. wrote:Hello! My name is Gaby Schleining and I am in the eighth grade. I have decided to do an advanced science project based on the "Tiling with Spidrons" project at http://www.sciencebuddies.com/mentoring ... ?from=Home
My goal is to create as many polyhedra as possible with spidrons, but use the number of spidrons as parameters, i.e. how many different polyhedra can I create with 7 spidrons? with 8? with 9? with 15? etc. and describe a mathematical function that could give the number of polyhedra that can be made with x spidrons, if such a function exists. How can this project be devised as a fair test? What are the variables? How do I devise the hypothesis? Is this project an actual experiment where you define the variables, and test your hypothesis, and analyze the data, if this project has any data? I am really confused, and I am not sure if my science teacher will accept this project as an experimental project or if I need to rethink my entire topic. I really want to do this project because I feel that I can be creative with this one, and I definitely do not want to change projects. I am afraid that my teacher will tell me to do so if this is not something that can be tested. Any advice will be valuable. Thank you very much!
OneBriiguy wrote:Hello, Gaby!
You have posed a series of difficult questions. I feel a bit out of my league in responding, but I think I can offer some general guidance.
First of all, BRAVO to you for considering this challenging project. I read through the project and the web sites that are referenced there, and spidrons seem like a fascinating topic for scientific investigation.
(Other experts feel free to disagree with me here! I don't want to unnecessarily discourage Gaby in this project!)
I think a reasonable alternative to the project you proposed would be to do something like build one polyhedran with 6 spidrons, one with 7, and so on, and compare their properties. How are they similar? How are they different? How does their "stackable" nature change - see the reference material about consuming space and creating building blocks?
Also, the Science Buddies site suggests some interesting investigative options that you might consider.
I think this project has the potential to be something you can build on in the future, with more and more complex investigations as you advance in your studies.
I do hope that you found this helpful.
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