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Explore the World of Big Data with Your Science Project

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"Big data" is exactly what it sounds like, a really large amount of data. Science has always been at the forefront of gathering, visualizing, and trying to make sense of massive data sets. For example, think of the more than 661,000 (and counting) asteroids that have been discovered in our solar system. Or ponder that 1.2 million species have been caught, identified, classified, and catalogued on Earth. And then there are the approximately 3 billion base pairs sequenced from the human genome. Even before there was a term for it, scientists have been amassing and analyzing big data. Check out the science fair project ideas below for ways to dip your scientific toe in the depths of big data.

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Stellar flares from a red dwarf star.
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A pile of colorful prescription pills.
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Photo of a volcanic eruption with lava flowing from volcano's cone.
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Grey wolf roaming snowy forest in the Midwestern United States.
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Jackson Lake Dam rimmed by snowy mountains.
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Photo of two young ladies.
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Baseball pitcher winding up for a throw.
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photo of a small dinosaur fossil in stone

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Interested in learning more about what big data is and is not? Read our What is Big Data? explanation.