rishj09
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Funding for science fair project

Postby rishj09 » Tue Nov 15, 2016 3:57 pm

My partner and I are planning on working with Microbial Desalination Cells for our science fair project. We are a bit worried about the cost of the experiment. Our estimated cost for the materials is coming out around $400. We were wondering if you know any way we could apply for funding for our science fair project.

Here are more details about the projects if you are interested.
Our experiment will be testing the effects of the initial salt concentration and cathode mesh type on the final salt concentration of the clean water produced. We will also be looking at electricity production by the fuel cell. In addition, we will also be calculating the saltwater to clean water ratios to find out if a MDC is an efficient way of desalinating water.

Here is a link to the items we need to purchase (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... sp=sharing)

Thanks!

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Re: Funding for science fair project

Postby tdaly » Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:32 am

Hi rish09,

It might be helpful to find someone in your geographic area who does this type of work. That contact might have ideas for other sources of funding. That said, funding for science fair projects is typically pretty sparse.

I did come across a list of potential grants that *might* be helpful for you, although many of these grants are for teachers, not students. I'm also not sure what geographical restrictions may apply:

http://www.cesa2.org/programs/stem/STEMgrants.cfm

This crowd-sourcing website might be a place to seek funds. Looking at the various options I can think of, crowdsourcing some funding might be one of the avenues with a greater (albeit still small, I suspect) chance for success:

https://experiment.com/

You might also try to find some of the people who tend to donate to science-related causes in your area. You could check the benefactor list on a science museum near you, for example. You might be able to convince someone like that to provide some funding for your project.
All the best,
Terik


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