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Test a Project Idea 100 points!* Why it is important: Every set of eyes sees something slightly different. We know that if a number of members do a Project Idea, they may each identify problems or areas of confusion that we did not. Feedback from community members who test our Project Ideas enables us to improve our science and engineering Project Ideas for everyone. And, we need to know if students find our write-ups clear, useful, and accurate.

*You will receive points after your submission receives a sufficient number of thumbs up votes.
Vote 5 points! Why it is important: By rating submissions thumbs up or thumbs down, you tell us which feedback to pay attention to and free up our staff to generate even more fresh content.

Instructions: Helping us debug new Project Ideas or retesting selected older ones is a fun way to help the Science Buddies community! Go to one of the Project Idea pages listed below and carefully read the entire project and complete the experiment.

As you review the Project Idea and work through the steps of the Experimental Procedure, keep track of:

Once you are finished testing, you can give us feedback by clicking on the link at the top of the page.

Comments from previous testers appear at the bottom of the Project Idea page, and you can vote on each one! Generally, Project Ideas take several hours or more to complete.


Project Ideas Needing Testing Date Posted Testers Still Needed Voters Still Needed
Which Animals Have Genome Projects?
Testing Instructions:

Link check: do all the links in the project work? (Be sure to check the Summary, Background, and Procedure tabs.) After testing the links, please use the "review a new project idea" link that appears under the title of the project to let us know if there are any problems. If you find broken links, please identify them by URL. If you can, please suggest replacements for broken or outdated links. (Keep in mind the Difficulty Level of the project when choosing a replacement. Beginner projects are early elementary school. Intermediate projects are late elementary and middle school. Advanced projects are high school.)

Screenshot check: if the project uses screenshots from an online database or tool, please check to see that the screenshots match the current version of the database or tool. If you spot problems, please document them using the "optional" suggestions box at the bottom of the feedback form. (If you have the ability to take replacement screenshots, please send them to volunteer@sciencebuddies.org.)

2014-03-18 50 Yes
Drugs & Genetics: Why Do Some People Respond to Drugs Differently than Others?
Testing Instructions:

Link check: do all the links in the project work? (Be sure to check the Summary, Background, and Procedure tabs.) After testing the links, please use the "review a new project idea" link that appears under the title of the project to let us know if there are any problems. If you find broken links, please identify them by URL. If you can, please suggest replacements for broken or outdated links. (Keep in mind the Difficulty Level of the project when choosing a replacement. Beginner projects are early elementary school. Intermediate projects are late elementary and middle school. Advanced projects are high school.)

Screenshot check: if the project uses screenshots from an online database or tool, please check to see that the screenshots match the current version of the database or tool. If you spot problems, please document them using the "optional" suggestions box at the bottom of the feedback form. (If you have the ability to take replacement screenshots, please send them to volunteer@sciencebuddies.org.)

2014-03-18 50 Yes
BLAST into the Past to Identify T. Rex's Closest Living Relative
Testing Instructions:

Link check: do all the links in the project work? (Be sure to check the Summary, Background, and Procedure tabs.) After testing the links, please use the "review a new project idea" link that appears under the title of the project to let us know if there are any problems. If you find broken links, please identify them by URL. If you can, please suggest replacements for broken or outdated links. (Keep in mind the Difficulty Level of the project when choosing a replacement. Beginner projects are early elementary school. Intermediate projects are late elementary and middle school. Advanced projects are high school.)

Screenshot check: if the project uses screenshots from an online database or tool, please check to see that the screenshots match the current version of the database or tool. If you spot problems, please document them using the "optional" suggestions box at the bottom of the feedback form. (If you have the ability to take replacement screenshots, please send them to volunteer@sciencebuddies.org.)

2014-03-18 50 Yes
Hitting the Target: The Importance of Making Sure a Drug's Aim Is True
Testing Instructions:

Link check: do all the links in the project work? (Be sure to check the Summary, Background, and Procedure tabs.) After testing the links, please use the "review a new project idea" link that appears under the title of the project to let us know if there are any problems. If you find broken links, please identify them by URL. If you can, please suggest replacements for broken or outdated links. (Keep in mind the Difficulty Level of the project when choosing a replacement. Beginner projects are early elementary school. Intermediate projects are late elementary and middle school. Advanced projects are high school.)

Screenshot check: if the project uses screenshots from an online database or tool, please check to see that the screenshots match the current version of the database or tool. If you spot problems, please document them using the "optional" suggestions box at the bottom of the feedback form. (If you have the ability to take replacement screenshots, please send them to volunteer@sciencebuddies.org.)

2014-03-18 50 Yes
BLASTing Flu Viruses
Testing Instructions:

Link check: do all the links in the project work? (Be sure to check the Summary, Background, and Procedure tabs.) After testing the links, please use the "review a new project idea" link that appears under the title of the project to let us know if there are any problems. If you find broken links, please identify them by URL. If you can, please suggest replacements for broken or outdated links. (Keep in mind the Difficulty Level of the project when choosing a replacement. Beginner projects are early elementary school. Intermediate projects are late elementary and middle school. Advanced projects are high school.)

Screenshot check: if the project uses screenshots from an online database or tool, please check to see that the screenshots match the current version of the database or tool. If you spot problems, please document them using the "optional" suggestions box at the bottom of the feedback form. (If you have the ability to take replacement screenshots, please send them to volunteer@sciencebuddies.org.)

2014-03-18 50 Yes
Learning Your A, G, C's (and T, too)
Testing Instructions:

Video/image update: Is there a video or image in the introduction to the Project Ideas that appears on the "Background" tab? If not, can you find a relevant, short, engaging video and/or image that might be added to the project to supplement the material? If it is an image, the image must be in the public domain or you must own the image and be able to give Science Buddies personal permission to use it (with you credited).

Screenshot check: if the project uses screenshots from an online database or tool, please check to see that the screenshots match the current version of the database or tool. If you spot problems, please document them using the "optional" suggestions box at the bottom of the feedback form. (If you have the ability to take replacement screenshots, please send them to volunteer@sciencebuddies.org.)

2014-03-18 50 Yes
May the Best Plant Win! Experiment with Genetically Modified Seeds
Testing Instructions:

Video/image update: Is there a video or image in the introduction to the Project Ideas that appears on the "Background" tab? If not, can you find a relevant, short, engaging video and/or image that might be added to the project to supplement the material? If it is an image, the image must be in the public domain or you must own the image and be able to give Science Buddies personal permission to use it (with you credited).

Screenshot check: if the project uses screenshots from an online database or tool, please check to see that the screenshots match the current version of the database or tool. If you spot problems, please document them using the "optional" suggestions box at the bottom of the feedback form. (If you have the ability to take replacement screenshots, please send them to volunteer@sciencebuddies.org.)

2014-03-18 50 Yes
The Tree of Life — I (basic)
Testing Instructions:

Video/image update: Is there a video or image in the introduction to the Project Ideas that appears on the "Background" tab? If not, can you find a relevant, short, engaging video and/or image that might be added to the project to supplement the material? If it is an image, the image must be in the public domain or you must own the image and be able to give Science Buddies personal permission to use it (with you credited).

Screenshot check: if the project uses screenshots from an online database or tool, please check to see that the screenshots match the current version of the database or tool. If you spot problems, please document them using the "optional" suggestions box at the bottom of the feedback form. (If you have the ability to take replacement screenshots, please send them to volunteer@sciencebuddies.org.)

2014-03-18 50 Yes
Trace Your Ancient Ancestry Through DNA
Testing Instructions:

Video/image update: Is there a video or image in the introduction to the Project Ideas that appears on the "Background" tab? If not, can you find a relevant, short, engaging video and/or image that might be added to the project to supplement the material? If it is an image, the image must be in the public domain or you must own the image and be able to give Science Buddies personal permission to use it (with you credited).

Screenshot check: if the project uses screenshots from an online database or tool, please check to see that the screenshots match the current version of the database or tool. If you spot problems, please document them using the "optional" suggestions box at the bottom of the feedback form. (If you have the ability to take replacement screenshots, please send them to volunteer@sciencebuddies.org.)

2014-03-18 50 Yes
The Tree of Life – II (advanced)
Testing Instructions:

Video/image update: Is there a video or image in the introduction to the Project Ideas that appears on the "Background" tab? If not, can you find a relevant, short, engaging video and/or image that might be added to the project to supplement the material? If it is an image, the image must be in the public domain or you must own the image and be able to give Science Buddies personal permission to use it (with you credited).

Screenshot check: if the project uses screenshots from an online database or tool, please check to see that the screenshots match the current version of the database or tool. If you spot problems, please document them using the "optional" suggestions box at the bottom of the feedback form. (If you have the ability to take replacement screenshots, please send them to volunteer@sciencebuddies.org.)

2014-03-18 50 Yes
Now You See It, Now You Don't! How Acidic Waters Make Rocks Disappear
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2014-02-14 50 Yes
Powered by Pee: Using Urine in a Microbial Fuel Cell
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2014-02-14 50 Yes
A Toxic Test: Can Plants Be Genetically Resistant to Heavy Metals?
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2014-02-14 50 Yes
Password Security: How Easily Can Your Password Be Hacked?
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2014-02-07 50 Yes
Basketball: The Geometry of Banking a Basket
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2014-01-31 50 Yes
Music for Martians: Build and Play a Theremin Instrument
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2014-01-24 50 Yes
Measuring Concussion Risk in Football and Other Contact Sports
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2014-01-17 50 Yes
Racing to Win That Checkered Flag: How Do Gases Help?
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2014-01-10 50 Yes
The Physics of Baseball and Hit Charts
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2014-01-03 50 Yes
Field Goal! The Science Behind a Perfect Football Kick
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2013-12-13 50 Yes
What are the Odds? Modeling the Chances of Getting an Autoimmune Disease
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2013-10-25 50 Yes
LED Traffic Glove: Build a Safety Device to Direct Traffic
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2013-10-18 50 Yes
LED Dance Glove: Get the Party Started with Your Own Interactive Light Show
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2013-10-18 50 Yes
NASA Asteroid Database: What Can You Learn About Our Solar System?
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2013-10-04 50 Yes
X-Ray Vision: Seeing Into Space
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2013-10-04 50 Yes
Butterfly Wings: Using Nature to Learn About Flight
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2013-10-04 50 Yes
Asteroid Mining: Gold Rush in Space?
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2013-09-20 50 Yes
Column Chromatography: Can you Separate the Dyes in Grape Soda Using Space Sand
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2013-09-13 50 Yes
Separating Mixtures: Can You Design a Device to Do It?
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2013-09-13 50 Yes
Can Nanotechnology Help Clean Up Oil Spills in Oceans and Seas? Try It Yourself with Ferrofluid
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2013-09-13 50 Yes
Robot Race! Use a Computer to Design, Simulate, & Race Robots with VoxCAD
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2013-09-13 50 Yes
Eco-Friendly Robots: Design the Most Energy-Efficient Racing Robot Using VoxCAD*
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2013-09-13 50 Yes
Hard, Soft, or in Between? Changing Material Properties in Robot Design with VoxCAD*
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2013-09-13 50 Yes
The World Is Your (Physics) Sandbox: Changing the Settings in a Robot Simulation with VoxCAD*
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2013-09-13 50 Yes
Is That Really Bacteria Living in My Yogurt?
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2013-08-30 50 Yes
Pop Goes the Metal: How Temperature Affects Snap Time of a Jumping Disc
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2013-08-30 50 Yes
Blood Clotting to the Rescue: How to Stop Too Much Blood from Flowing
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2013-08-23 50 Yes
Radioactive Dating: Take Your Programming Skills Nuclear*
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2013-08-23 50 Yes
Lactose, Sucrose, and Glucose: How Many Sugars are in Your Smoothie?
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2013-08-23 50 Yes
Electric Play Dough Project 1: Make Your Play Dough Light Up, Buzz, & Move!
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2013-08-23 50 Yes
Electric Play Dough Project 2: Rig Your Creations with Lots of Lights!
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2013-08-23 50 Yes
Electric Play Dough Project 3: Light Up Your Sculptures!
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2013-08-23 50 Yes
The Amazing Floating Train: How Much Weight Can A Maglev Train Hold?
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2013-07-26 50 Yes
Robots to the Rescue! Build & Test a Search-and-Rescue Robot
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2013-07-17 50 Yes