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Science Fair Project Idea
Have you ever watched an inexperienced video game player pick up a controller and start playing a game? Often the player bumbles around trying to figure out which button makes the onscreen character jump, run, turn left, or perform other actions. Some games are different though, they have control schemes that are more real-world based. Examples include Nintendo® WiiTM Tennis where you swing the Wii remote like a tennis racket and Activision's Guitar Hero® where you can play with a… Read more
Games_p022
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability You should have access to a video game console or computer, and a video or computer game that requires both a regular control and a peripheral. See the Introduction for details.
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
Science Fair Project Idea
Can you remember what the weather was like last week? Last year? Here's a project that looks at what the weather was like for over a hundred years. You'll use historical climate data to look at moisture conditions in regions across the continental U.S. You'll use a spreadsheet program to calculate the frequency of different moisture conditions for each region and make graphs for comparison. Which part of the country has the most frequent droughts? The most frequent periods of prolonged… Read more
Weather_p005
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
Prerequisites Computer with Internet access and a spreadsheet program (e.g., Excel)
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
Science Fair Project Idea
Sudoku puzzles have become extremely popular over the past couple of years. You can find books of puzzles for beginners to experts, and many newspapers print Sudoku puzzles daily. This project challenges you to write a computer program to check if your Sudoku solution is correct. Read more
CompSci_p023
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
Prerequisites An understanding of the material covered in [# ProjectIdea Name="CompSci_p002" Value="HtmlAnchor" #]
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
Science Fair Project Idea
Social media is all the buzz on the internet. What can we do with all the information generated by millions of people posting, tweeting, taking pictures, and chatting? How do companies convert it into profit? While you do not have the tools to analyze data from millions of social media posts by yourself, you will be able to analyze a scaled-down version. Follow the instructions in this project to try your hand at extracting data from a couple of social media sites and use it to create… Read more
Soc_p028
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
Prerequisites Familiarity with Microsoft Excel® or another data visualization tool, like Tableau® Public, will be helpful.
Material Availability Readily available
Safety No issues
Science Fair Project Idea
Have you ever wondered about the various types of music in a video game you've played? You may not have paid much attention to the music, but its job was to enhance your gaming experience. In fact, the wrong kind of music can detract from the atmosphere of the game. Can you imagine the music in Mario KartTM playing in Street Fighter®? In a game, music can indicate many different things, such as a special or new event, shift of mood, or the arrival of a character. This kind of music is… Read more
Games_p030
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Time Required Long (2-4 weeks)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
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
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 "[# ProjectIdea Name="CompSci_p002" Value="HtmlAnchor" #]"
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 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
Science Fair Project Idea
Do you enjoy playing video games? Do you like the challenge of reaching a difficult game level and scoring lots of points? Video games include many graphic elements that are great to watch, but did you know that not only sighted people enjoy video games? Blind and visually impaired players can also play video games by relying on sound cues — the pings, pops, bangs, and bursts of music that make a game fun or exciting. When building a game that will be accessible to differently abled… Read more
Games_p029
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
Science Fair Project Idea
What kind of music do you enjoy listening to? Hip hop, rap, classical, techno, or electronic? Do you know what most of them have in common? They rely on a drumbeat to provide tempo and depth to the sound. You might think of a drum as simply a large round vessel with a membrane covering that musicians strike with a drumstick, but musicians can create a synthesized drumbeat with an electronic keyboard or with electronic drums. In this science project, you will design and make your own… Read more
CompSci_p043
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Time Required Long (2-4 weeks)
Prerequisites You must have access to a computer with an Internet connection.
Material Availability You will need to purchase a PicoBoard. See the Materials and Equipment list for details.
Cost Average ($50 - $100)
Safety No issues
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