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thumbnail 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
thumbnail 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
thumbnail Have you ever played a game that tested the steadiness of your hands? Operation® is a popular board game that requires you to perform "surgery" without bumping a tool against the edges of the game. There are also popular amusement park or carnival games where you try to move a metal loop along a wavy metal wire without letting the two touch. You can build your own version of these games using the Science Buddies . Check out the video to see what this simple, but fun, project looks… Read more
CompSci_p056
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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
This is a challenging first computer science project. You'll learn the basics of how digital devices can represent numbers using only 0's and 1's, and you'll write a JavaScript program to convert numbers between binary, decimal and hexadecimal notation. Read more
CompSci_p005
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
Prerequisites You should be able to:
  1. write a basic HTML file with a text editing program (like Notepad);
  2. create HTML [[ SourceCode []<FORM>[] SourceCode ]] elements for user input;
  3. write basic JavaScript functions using [[ SourceCode []Arrays[] SourceCode ]], [[ SourceCode []Strings[] SourceCode ]] and simple flow control statements (e.g., [[ SourceCode []if...else[] SourceCode ]], and [[ SourceCode []for[] SourceCode ]] or [[ SourceCode []while[] SourceCode ]] loops).
Help is available for each of these topics. See the Introduction section for details.
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
Science Fair Project Idea
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
Science Fair Project Idea
thumbnail How can you motivate students and teachers to make positive changes in their school? Why not try using what is in everyone's pocket—a smartphone! With this project you'll try your hand at harnessing the power of crowdsourcing and mobile technology by creating an app that motivates users to change their school for the better. Do not worry about the app creation, the MIT App Inventor tool makes that part easy; the instructions provided here will lead you through it step-by-step. Will… Read more
CompSci_p052
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Time Required Long (2-4 weeks)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability This Computer Science Project requires the use of a computer with Internet access. An Android device is helpful but not required.
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
Science Fair Project Idea
Have you ever played a video game and gotten so involved that you felt as if you were living inside the game? What were the characteristics of the game that made you feel part of the action? One component of an absorbing video game is an onscreen world that makes sense—a world that takes physics into account. A game in which the player feels the effect of trudging through mud, slipping on ice, or catapulting a bird is more fun than one with no environmental interaction. In this… Read more
Games_p031
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Time Required Very Long (1+ months)
Prerequisites You should be comfortable programming in C++ language, familiar with the GameMaker software package, and able to program in GameMaker Language (GML). You should completely review and understand all the GameMaker tutorials and examples listed in the Science Buddies [# ProjectGuide Name="Advanced.GameMakerUserGuide" Value="HtmlAnchor" #] and in the Tutorials section of [# Link Name="Games_p031.1" Value="HtmlAnchor" #].
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety No issues
Science Fair Project Idea
thumbnail We use passwords every day for our email and other computer accounts. How secure is the password that you use? How hard would it be for someone to guess your password? How hard is it to write a computer program to guess a password? You can see for yourself by writing a simple password guesser in the computer language Python. We will get you started with some ideas, a little sample code, and a few passwords for your computer program to try and guess. Read more
CompSci_p046
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
Prerequisites To complete the programming portion of this science project, students should have access to a machine capable of running Python™ 3 (Microsoft Windows™, Apple Mac, Raspberry Pi®, or some other Linux computer), permission to install software, and a basic grasp of programming (or ready access to a willing helper who knows a little Python).
Material Availability Readily available. See the Materials and Equipment list for details.
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety Hacking into other people's password-protected accounts is a federally prosecutable offense. The program example given in this science project will only work in the context of this science project.
Science Fair Project Idea
You may know Lewis Carroll as the author of Alice in Wonderland, but did you know that in real life he was a mathematician who studied symbolic logic and logical reasoning? How can math help you solve Lewis Carroll's Logic Game? (Bogomolny, 2006) How are algorithms for solving the game Sudoku similar to solving a logic problem? (Hayes, 2006) For the super-advanced mathematical genius, try to evaluate currently available, logic-based computational tools, or design a better one!… Read more
Math_p035
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
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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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