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Do you enjoy singing contests like American Idol? Well, male songbirds have their own version of a singing competition that has been going on for thousands of years, and classical musical composers have been taking notes! In this music science fair project, you'll investigate the different instruments composers have used to imitate or create impressions of bird songs and bird calls. Read more
Music_p028
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Time Required Long (2-4 weeks)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability You need access to a personal computer with an Internet connection.
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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In this project you'll learn about how digital image files are encoded, and how digital images can be compressed so that the files take up less storage space and can be transmitted more quickly. You will also measure the quality of compressed and uncompressed images, which will give you important insights into the tradeoffs between file size and image quality. Read more
CompSci_p006
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
Prerequisites Good computer skills; Project costs lower depending on printing method and number of images printed.
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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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
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Have you ever seen a great movie and then rushed out and bought its soundtrack? Did the soundtrack bring back the thrill of an action chase? Or the sadness one of the movie's characters felt? Music is a big part of the movie experience. It intensifies the emotions in scenes so that you don't just jump when that hairy spider comes around the corner, you scream! In this music science fair project, you'll find out if happy, sad, scary, and action scenes in movies use music with the same qualities. Read more
Music_p026
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Time Required Long (2-4 weeks)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability You must have access to a DVD player.
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety No issues
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thumbnail The renowned pianist Vladimir Horowitz once said, "The most important thing is to transform the piano from a percussive instrument into a singing instrument." Check out this project to learn about sympathetic vibrations, one way to make piano strings sing. Read more
Music_p012
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
Prerequisites To do this project, you'll need a piano which is in tune. You'll also need to know enough about the piano to find notes by their letter names.
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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thumbnail Did you know that you can tell how much information is on a CD-R without even using a computer? Find out how in this "reflective" experiment. Read more
CompSci_p017
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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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thumbnail The banjo's roots trace all the way over to Africa. The unique sound that a banjo makes depends, in part, on the resonator. The purpose of the resonator is to amplify and project the sound that is made by strumming and plucking the strings. In this music science fair project, you will experiment with a resonator on a banjo and see if you can hear the difference in sound. Read more
Music_p029
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
Prerequisites You must have access to a computer with a microphone, a spreadsheet program,and an Internet connection. You need to have a basic proficiency with and be able to graph data in the spreadsheet program. If you need help, consult a help guide online or find an adult who is familiar with the spreadsheet program you are using.
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety Minor injury is possible. Always wear safety goggles and use caution when using tools. Adult supervision is required.
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thumbnail Want to start a garage band, but Mom or Dad won't let you because it will make too much noise? This is a good project for someone who is interested in acoustics and likes to build things. Who knows, it might help you figure out how to make everyone happy. Read more
Phys_p029
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
Prerequisites Note: Project costs will be lower if you already have good quality speakers connected to a computer that can play audio files.
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Average ($50 - $100)
Safety Very loud sounds can cause hearing damage. Be sure to keep your speaker volume at reasonable levels when doing this experiment.
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thumbnail If you're like most people, you like listening to music. Have you ever wondered how your ears and your brain turn the sound waves out there in the world into the experience of music in your head? If you're interested in doing a project about how we hear, this is a good one for you. With this project, you'll do background research and make measurements to understand how the sensitivity of your own hearing varies with the pitch of the sound. Read more
HumBio_p011
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
Prerequisites Understanding of logarithms
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Average ($50 - $100)
Safety Use low volume when playing the sound files.
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thumbnail Don't you just love listening to music? In the 1980s, people listened to music on the Sony® Walkman®. Now, people listen to their favorite tunes on MP3 players and on their Apple® iPhonesTM. But listening to music on devices actually started in the late 1800s and early 1900s. In those days, people would gather around their phonograph to listen to their favorite tunes—people were just as amazed with the phonograph as you would be to handle an iPhone. In this physics science… Read more
Music_p032
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability To find old vinyl record albums, you might have to visit thrift shops and secondhand stores. Refer to the Materials and Equipment list for more details.
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety Exercise caution when using, handling, and attaching the sewing needle to the membrane.
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