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Science Fair Project Idea
Have you ever tried to pack a suitcase? If so, you know that no matter how hard you try, there is a limit to the amount you can cram in, which means if you have more stuff, you need a bigger suitcase! Do you think the same principle applies to DNA in a cell? Does an animal with a bigger genome need a larger cell nucleus to store its DNA? Try this science project and find out! Read more
Genom_p013
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability This science fair project requires the use of a computer with Internet access.
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
Science Fair Project Idea
Are you interested in the technical and ethical aspects of genetic screening, forensic science, and DNA fingerprinting? Scientists use different forms of a gene, called alleles, to differentiate between two fingerprints. One such sequence used in human DNA fingerprinting is the Alu repeat (a 300 base pair repetitive sequence of DNA) on chromosome 16. During evolutionary time, up to 1 million copies of the Alu repeat have become randomly inserted throughout the human genome. Within a specific… Read more
BioChem_p022
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Time Required Very Long (1+ months)
Prerequisites Access to a research laboratory with PCR equipment is required for this project.
Material Availability [# Link Name="BioChem_p022.5" Value="HtmlAnchor" #] available for purchase online from Bio-Rad. A teacher's help is required as Bio-Rad only sells directly to schools.
Science Fair Project Idea
What is it that famous photographers do to make their images so pleasing to the eye? Find out if simple rules of geometry can make you a better photographer. Read more
Photo_p012
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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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DNA is what makes you look like you. It contains your body's instructions for your hair and eye color, ear shape, your height, and much, much more. Do other living things also have DNA or is DNA only found in humans? You can answer that question yourself (and have your first look at your own DNA) by doing this project. Read more
BioChem_p042
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability A DNA extraction kit, listed in the Materials tab, is used for this project.
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety Adult help is needed to cut a strawberry. The DNA extraction buffer is harmless if you touch it, but do not taste or swallow it.
Science Fair Project Idea
You might like to play in the autumn leaves and winter snow, but have you noticed that many birds don't like to stick around for the cold weather? And instead of the birds you're used to seeing in the warm months, your new feathered friends might be Canada geese. Why is that? Various types of birds and other animals travel from one place to another either in search of food, warmer temperatures, or other things they need to survive. This type of traveling is called migration. Try starting your… Read more
Zoo_p052
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
Prerequisites You need access to a place where you can feed birds, such as ducks, geese, pigeons, or seagulls. See the Experimental Procedure for more details.
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety No issues
Science Fair Project Idea
Our genes are made up of hundreds to millions of building blocks, called DNA nucleotides, and if just a single nucleotide of DNA becomes mutated it might cause a devastating genetic disease. But sometimes a mutation actually does no damage. What kinds of mutations have to occur to cause a genetic disease? In this science project, you will explore online genetic databases to identify how a mutation in a gene can result in a dysfunctional protein, and how other mutations may have no effect… Read more
BioMed_p007
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
Prerequisites Basic understanding of what genes, DNA, and proteins are.
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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The Pilobolus fungus has an interesting way of making sure the next generation has a good start on life. At high speed, the fungus shoots a sac that contains spores toward a light source. Why toward a light source? Because that is where it is most likely to find an open area with grass. Once the spore is placed on grass, it is eaten by a cow or a horse, which is a critical step in its life cycle. The spore passes through the animal's digestive track and ends up in a pile of manure. For a fungal… Read more
MicroBio_p027
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Time Required Long (2-4 weeks)
Prerequisites Note: Pilobolus is grown on rabbit dung embedded in plain agar. A strong stomach is a prerequisite for working with this culture.
Material Availability You will need to order a Pilobolus culture kit online. See the Materials and Equipment list for details. You should work with your teacher to have the kit delivered to your teacher at school, since there are restrictions on sending it to a residential address.
Cost Average ($50 - $100)
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
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)
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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
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