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Imagine yourself as a software engineer, a decade and a half from now. You are called upon to help solve the world energy crisis by programming nano-organisms (NANORGs) to extract energy from industrial sludge. Your program must be small enough to fit in the NANORGs' tiny processors, yet at the same time meet several challenges. First and foremost, your NANORGs need to navigate on their own, extract energy from the sludge, and find collection points to deliver the harvested energy. Second,… Read more
CompSci_p021
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Time Required Long (2-4 weeks)
Prerequisites Previous computer programming experience, familiarity with assembly language programming is helpful.
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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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
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Have you ever heard someone described as a video game addict? Do you think video game addicts actually exist? You can determine that for yourself in this science fair project by examining real data from a California research scientist for over 3,000 video game players! Read more
Games_p017
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability Requires access to a computer that is hooked up to the Internet and has a spreadsheet program that can read and manipulate Microsoft Excel documents.
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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thumbnail The ingredients in Alka-Seltzer® tablets undergo a chemical reaction that produces carbon dioxide gas as soon as the tablets hit water. Do you think you can cause the tablets to produce gas faster by breaking them into smaller pieces before dropping them in water? Find out for yourself with this project. Read more
Chem_p030
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety Adult supervision required for use of power drill (one hole required when building the simple experimental apparatus)
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thumbnail Oh no! Mom and Dad have only given you a half-hour to play your video game before you have to go do your homework. You need to maximize your score before your friends do. Learn to use ergonomics to your benefit! Investigate how different body postures and changes to the gaming environment can affect a person's score. By the end of this project, you can be the Gaming Master. Read more
Games_p001
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
Prerequisites Simple game and a computer or gaming system
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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thumbnail You are right next to the basket and someone passes you the ball. Will you go for a direct shot or will you use the backboard and take a bank shot at the basket? Would different positions on the court give you a higher chance of making a shot using the backboard than others, even when keeping the distance from the hoop the same? In this science project, you will build a scale model and test different positions on the court to determine if one results in a better chance of making a bank shot… Read more
Sports_p024
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety Adult supervision is recommended when using the craft or utility knife.
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thumbnail Have you ever played a computer game in which a cartoon character, like a dog or a cat, moves or turns when you click on it? Have you ever wondered how characters know how far to move or how far to turn? In this computer science project, you will learn how with a simple (and free) program called Scratch, which will let you write your own computer program that tells a cartoon kitty how to draw shapes. Read more
CompSci_p035
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Time Required Short (2-5 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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thumbnail This is a straightforward, fun project to measure the rate of the chemical reaction that occurs when Alka-Seltzer® tablets are plopped into water. You'll track the volume of carbon dioxide gas produced at regular intervals after the reaction begins. How does changing the temperature of the water affect the production of gas? Read more
Chem_p026
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Average ($40 - $80)
Safety Adult supervision needed while using the drill.
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There are many different types, also called genres, of computer and video games, including racing, fighting, sports, adventure, and puzzle games. Do some genres of games appeal more to males and other genres more to females? Survey your classmates and find out in this science fair project! Read more
Games_p019
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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thumbnail Everyday, people in your city or town walk to school, ride the bus and go to work, and go to the library to research their science fair projects. But what if the library was 20 miles away from your home? Would you go to the library? What if there were no police officers or fire stations in your city, or if they were located across town, away from where most people live? What if there were no movie theaters? What would you do with your friends? Many people really like living in cities in which… Read more
Games_p025
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Time Required Very Long (1+ months)
Prerequisites You must have regular access to a computer, either a PC or a Mac.
Material Availability A specialty item is required. See the Material and Equipment list for details.
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety No issues
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