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Is your computer fast? How quickly do you think it can do 100 million arithmetic problems? Do you think it could beat your friend's computer or another one at school? Try this science project to discover an easy way to measure whether or not your computer is a math whiz. Read more
CompSci_p011
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability Requires computer with Java-enabled web browser (Java Runtime Environment version 1.5 or later) and Internet access
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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thumbnail Here's a project with practical applications for homes with a wireless network. This project shows you how to build and test parabolic reflectors for the transmitters on your network. You may be able to increase the range of your transmitter to cover a location you would like to use but couldn't reach previously. You may also be able to find ways to make your network more secure, by reducing signals transmitted beyond your property. Read more
CompSci_p010
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
Prerequisites Good computer skills
Material Availability This project requires access to a working wireless network with at least one computer using a wireless connection. A laptop computer with wireless capability is optional, but useful. Other materials readily available.
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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This is a good first-time programming project. You'll learn how to use JavaScript to create a simple program to alphabetize lists of words. You'll be able to run your program in your Web browser. Read more
CompSci_p002
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
Prerequisites Familiarity with Web browser and text editing programs
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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This project is a fun way to try your hand at programming. You'll learn how to create some simple animations, and you'll perform tests and make measurements to help you create more realistic-looking animations. All you need to get started is a Web browser and a text editor (like Notepad). Read more
CompSci_p012
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
Prerequisites Familiarity with Web browser and text editing programs
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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This is a good first-time programming project. You'll learn how to use JavaScript to create a basic calculator program that you can run in your Web browser. Read more
CompSci_p001
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
Prerequisites Familiarity with Web browser and text editing programs
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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Jpeg, bmp, gif, tiff…do these just look like words that you and your friends might make up for your own secret language? They are actually just a few of the file formats (which means “types”) that you can use to save your favorite photo on your computer. But does it matter which one you use? Try this simple science fair project to find out and you’ll never choose the wrong one again! Read more
CompSci_p020
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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In this project you'll learn about how digital image files are encoded, and how digital images can be compressed so that the files take up less storage space and can be transmitted more quickly. You will also measure the quality of compressed and uncompressed images, which will give you important insights into the tradeoffs between file size and image quality. Read more
CompSci_p006
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
Prerequisites Good computer skills; Project costs lower depending on printing method and number of images printed.
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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What do you think about killing vampires? No, no, not the kind that drink people's blood, but the kind that suck your power and money away. Equipment like televisions, computers, printers, and fax machines all use electricity to operate, of course, but do you realize that this equipment might still be sucking electricity from the wall, even when you think it's turned off? These electricity-suckers are called vampire loads. In this science project, you will investigate how much power these… Read more
CompSci_p042
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Time Required Long (2-4 weeks)
Prerequisites You need to have permission from an adult to access the computer peripherals that are in your home.
Material Availability You must have a Kill-A-WattTM meter to do this science project. See the Materials and Equipment list for details.
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety Adult supervision is required. Always exercise caution when dealing with electricity and electrical equipment like computers and printers.
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thumbnail A singing monkey? An elderly couple doing the chicken dance? What kind of funny electronic cards do you like to email people? Feel free to dream up your coolest and funniest card ideas, because in this science project, you'll create your own animated greeting card with a simple-to-use programming language called Scratch. Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create interactive stories, games, music, and art. When the program you have written is complete, you can even share it… Read more
CompSci_p038
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
Prerequisites You should have access to a computer with the Internet and room for the Scratch program. Scratch can be downloaded for either Windows (2000 or later) or Mac (OSX 10.4 or later).
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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This is a more challenging first-time programming project. You'll learn how to use JavaScript to create a simple program to analyze one or more paragraphs of text. Your program will count sentences, words and letters, and report the resulting statistics. You'll be able to run your program in your Web browser. Read more
CompSci_p003
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
Prerequisites An understanding of the material covered in "ABC's of Programming: Writing a Simple "Alphabetizer" with JavaScript"
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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