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Did you ever have a favorite toy like an action figure or doll that could light up, make noise, or move? This project will show you how to make your own interactive toy using the Science Buddies . Check out the video to see what this simple, but fun, project looks like. The version you make does not have to be a robot; it can be any shape and have any sound effects you want. [[ Video [] [] Video ]] This project uses a tiny computer called a Raspberry Pi and is fun and easy… Read more
CompSci_p058
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability [# Fragment Name="Note.RaspberryPi.Material" Value="Html" #] Estimated project time includes shipping for the kit. The project itself will take one or two days.
Cost Very High (over $150)
Science Fair Project Idea
Pennies are bright and shiny when they're new, but become quite dull with time. What causes such a drastic change? Oxygen in the air combines with the copper in the penny to form copper oxide, which makes the penny look dull and dingy. You can make the pennies look like new again by soaking them in water that is corrosive enough to strip off the copper oxide layer. It turns out, however, that the same process that makes the pennies shiny has bad consequences when it comes to copper pipes: it… Read more
Chem_p090
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability A copper test kit and other specialty supplies needed for this project are available through the [# Link Name="Chem_p090.7" Value="HtmlAnchor" #].
Cost Average ($40 - $80)
Safety Adult supervision is recommended.
Science Fair Project Idea
You have probably read all about forms of alternative energy like solar and wind power. But what about human power? With the aid of a coil of wire and some magnets, you can generate electricity with nothing more than a flick of your wrist. In this project, you will build a small hand-powered electrical generator that can power a series of tiny lights. Get ready to save the planet and get some exercise at the same time! Read more
Energy_p009
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability This science project requires some specialty electronic components. A kit is available from the [# Link Name="Energy_p009.16" Value="HtmlAnchor" #]. The Time Required estimate includes time for gathering specialty materials. The actual project only takes 1 day.
Cost Average ($40 - $80)
Safety

Neodymium magnets are very strong and can pinch your fingers when they come together. You should keep them away from pets and small children because they can cause serious harm if ingested. As with any magnet, you should keep them away from computers, cell phones, and credit cards.

Adult supervision is required when using a hobby knife.

Science Fair Project Idea
Have you ever wished you could create an alarm system to guard your stuff? Or what about throwing a surprise party for someone and automatically playing music and flashing lights when they walk in the door? You can do either of these things using the Science Buddies . The kit includes a motion sensor, which can detect when people move in front of it. Check out the video to see what this simple, but fun, project looks like: [[ Video [] [] Video ]] This project requires use… Read more
CompSci_p055
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability [# Fragment Name="Note.RaspberryPi.Material" Value="Html" #] Estimated project time includes shipping for the kit. The project itself will take less than one day.
Cost Very High (over $150)
Safety No issues
Science Fair Project Idea
Did you know that your body needs a certain amount of iron in order to stay healthy? Iron can be found in much of what you consume each day. Almond meal—frequently used in cookies—is just one example of an iron-rich food. However, only a small fraction of the iron in food gets absorbed by the body, partially because the body can only absorb dissolved iron. In this project, you will study whether the acidic environment in your stomach helps dissolve iron. You will use a color-based… Read more
HumBio_p043
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability This science project requires an iron test kit, available from [# Link Name="Chem_p090.7" Value="HtmlAnchor" #]. The Time Required estimate includes time for obtaining materials. Actual experimental time is only a few hours.
Cost Average ($40 - $80)
Safety The chemicals in the test kit could cause irritation if not handled properly. Be sure to wear gloves, safety goggles, and work in a well-ventilated area. Adult supervision is recommended. The small amount of sulfites contained in the iron indicator tablets may cause an allergic reaction in people who have asthma.
Science Fair Project Idea
Have you ever used a toy like a Spirograph® to draw precise, repeatable patterns on a piece of paper? What if you could use a computer to automatically draw the patterns for you? This project will show you how to do just that using the Science Buddies . Check out the video to see what this simple, but fun, project looks like: [[ Video [] [] Video ]] This project requires use of a tiny computer called a Raspberry Pi and is fun and easy for even complete beginners. By… Read more
CompSci_p060
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability This project requires a Science Buddies [# Link Name="CompSci_p058.1" Value="HtmlAnchor" #]. The kit can be used to do seven other projects. See the Materials and Equipment list for details. Estimated project time includes shipping for the kit. The project itself will take less than one day.
Cost Very High (over $150)
Safety No issues
Science Fair Project Idea
Have you ever seen night lights that automatically turn on when it gets dark? What about art projects, like paintings or sculptures, with embedded lights? This project will let you combine the two, by adding lights to an art project of your choice. You can make the lights automatically turn on when it gets dark using the Science Buddies . Check out the video to see what this simple, but fun, project looks like: [[ Video [] [] Video ]] This project requires use of a tiny… Read more
CompSci_p057
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability [# Fragment Name="Note.RaspberryPi.Material" Value="Html" #] Estimated project time includes shipping for the kit. The project itself will take less than one day.
Cost Very High (over $150)
Safety No issues
Science Fair Project Idea
You may have seen movies or read books where armies in medieval times catapulted large rocks or other objects at castles (or each other!). These armies used different types of catapults to accomplish different goals — for example, launching things over or into castle walls to knock them down. In this experiment, you will use a ping-pong ball catapult to lay siege to a "castle" and find the right settings to hit your targets. Read more
Phys_p085
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability Specialty items. See the Materials and Equipment list for details.
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety Minor injury possible. Keep your fingers clear when launching the catapult. Do not aim the catapult at people.
Science Fair Project Idea
Topsoil is packed with bacteria that generate electricity when placed in a microbial fuel cell (MFC). Because such bacteria-laden soil is found almost everywhere on Earth, microbial fuel cells can make clean, renewable electricity nearly anyplace around the globe. As natural resources are being depleted, scientists' attention has shifted to pursuing alternative energy sources, such as MFCs, even more than before. A microbial fuel cell, also known as a biological fuel cell, is a device that can… Read more
MicroBio_p032
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Time Required Very Long (1+ months)
Prerequisites Previous experience using a voltmeter/multimeter is helpful, but not required. A basic knowledge of how to work with bacteria is also needed to complete this science fair project. Consult the [# ProjectGuide Name="Advanced.MicrobiologyTechniquesampTroubleshooting" Value="HtmlAnchor" HtmlText="Microbiology Techniques and Troubleshooting" #] guide for information on how to conduct microbiology experiments.
Material Availability A microbial fuel cell and other specialty items are needed. See the Materials tab for more details.
Cost Average ($50 - $100)
Safety Be sure to wear the gloves supplied with the kit when handling the microbial fuel cell’s electrodes (its cathode and anode). The electrodes are made of a conductive material called graphite fiber and should not be placed near electronics or power plugs, or have their fibers dispersed in the air. Use sterile technique when growing the bacteria. Read the [# ProjectGuide Name="Advanced.MicroorganismsSafetyGuide" Value="HtmlAnchor" HtmlShortTitle="true" #] before starting any experiments. [# ProjectGuide Name="Advanced.ScientificReviewCommitteeSRC" Value="HtmlAnchor" HtmlText="SRC approval" #] may be necessary. Adult supervision is recommended.
Science Fair Project Idea
Forget drinking your juice. Instead, try snacking on it! Use the steps and recipes in this food science project to transform drinks into semi-solid balls that pop in your mouth. The technique is called spherification and it is part of a larger food science trend called molecular gastronomy— but we just call it yummy science! Read more
FoodSci_p074
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability Chemicals need to be specially ordered. See the Materials and Equipment list for details.
Cost Average ($40 - $80)
Safety Adult supervision may be needed for using a blender. All chemicals in this science project are safe to handle and eat (they are common food additives).
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