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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
Hit the Slopes: Build Your Own Ski Lift
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2015-04-07 50 Yes
Picture This: How Visualizing Data Can Lead to the Right (or Wrong) Conclusion
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2015-04-07 50 Yes
Social Media: When and Where Do People Post?
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2015-04-07 50 Yes
Take a Candle Carousel for a Spin
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2015-03-09 50 Yes
Bottle Rocket Blast Off!
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2015-03-09 50 Yes
Rocket Science: How High Can You Send a Payload?
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2015-03-09 50 Yes
Balloon-Powered Car Challenge
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2015-02-03 50 Yes
Shed Light on Electric Generators: Do More Coils Generate More Electricity?
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2015-01-14 50 Yes
Power Move: Manipulating Magnets to Improve Generator Output
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2015-01-14 50 Yes
High-Speed Magnets: Exploring Faraday's Law and Lenz's Law
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2014-12-19 50 Yes
Bump! Make an Obstacle-Avoiding Robot
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2014-11-13 50 Yes
Build a Helping Hand
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2014-11-13 50 Yes
Abracadabra! Transforming Yogurt into 'Ravioli'
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2014-10-24 50 Yes
Flippy, the Dancing Robot
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2014-10-18 50 Yes
Improve on the Design of a Light-Following Robot
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2014-10-03 50 Yes
Build a Self-Driving Robot that Can Automatically Follow a Line
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2014-10-03 50 Yes
Build a Motion-Activated Guard Robot
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2014-10-03 50 Yes
Juice Balls: The Science of Spherification
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2014-09-26 50 Yes
Can You Crowdsource a Better School Environment?
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2014-09-19 50 Yes
Build a Solar-Powered Bristlebot
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2014-09-19 50 Yes
Design and 3D-Print Your Own Robot!
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2014-09-05 50 Yes
Blood Sugar Balancing Act: How Exercise Tips the Scales
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2014-08-22 50 Yes
Use an Arduino™ to Control a Color-Changing Infinity Mirror *
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2014-08-22 50 Yes
Dealing with Diabetes: The Road to Developing an Artificial Pancreas
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2014-08-22 50 Yes
Staying Healthy with Personal Medicine Apps
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2014-08-22 50 Yes
Kaleidoscope Creations: How Many Images Can You Make?
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2014-08-01 50 Yes
Explore Optical Illusions: Build an Infinity Mirror
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2014-06-30 50 Yes
Satellite Science: How Does Speed Affect Orbiting Altitude?
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2014-06-30 50 Yes
How Do Bacteria Produce Power in a Microbial Fuel Cell?
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2014-06-30 50 Yes
Sounds Like RFID: Using a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Reader to Make Musical Instruments
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2014-06-14 50 Yes
Keeping It Private: Blocking RFID Readers from Reading your ID Card
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2014-05-23 50 Yes
What Materials Can Block a Wi-Fi Signal?
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2014-05-23 50 Yes
Crash! Can Cell Phones Survive a Drop Test?
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2014-05-23 50 Yes
Get Crafty — Create Your Own Durable Paper Doll
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2014-04-11 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