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If you love cooking, decorating cakes, or making edible table decorations, this is a project for you! You will compare three different recipes for rice paper and discover the recipe that works best for your application! Read more
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
Tinkering
Prerequisites None
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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In this cricket-inspired engineering challenge, you will build a machine to launch a ball and knock down a target (called a wicket). How many times can you knock down the wicket in three minutes? Follow the contest rules to try it out and enter the 2020 Fluor Engineering Challenge! Available in Spanish (Español). Teachers, lesson plan versions of this challenge are also available. Read more
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
Tinkering
Prerequisites None
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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In this fun science project, you will create a bird feeder from recycled materials that you can set up outside. By observing the birds that come to the bird feeder, you will find out what different kinds of birds live in your area. How many different kinds of birds do you think you will spot? Read more
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Time Required Long (2-4 weeks)
Tinkering
Prerequisites None
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety You will need an adult helper to assist with handling the scissors or knife.
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There are many different kinds of slime out there. Some slime is runny and liquid-like; other slime is thick and rubbery. Some slime glows in the dark, some is fluffy, and some is even magnetic! What set of properties makes the best slime? What kind of slime would you choose to make if you were selling slime as a toy in your own "slime shop"? In this project, you will experiment with different slime recipes and try to perfect one to make the best slime. Read more
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
Tinkering
Prerequisites None
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety Supervision required for small children. The slime is not edible.
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Have you ever wondered why apple slices turn brown once you cut them, or why a yellow banana gets dark spots over time? In this project you will find out why this happens, and how you can keep your apple slices looking fresh! Read more
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
Tinkering
Prerequisites None
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety Adult supervision required when using knives.
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People have a variety of reasons to use heart rate monitors. For example, patients in a hospital might have stationary, bedside equipment monitor their heart rate and alert medical staff in case of an emergency. Somebody going for a run might wear a portable heart rate monitor to keep track of their workout intensity. Heart rate monitors are not all the same—their appearance and function will vary depending on the intended use. In this project you will design, build, and program your own… Read more
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
Tinkering
Prerequisites Familiarity with Arduino™ and assembling basic circuits (or a willingness to learn) will be needed for this project.
Material Availability Requires an Arduino and additional circuit parts. See Materials section for details.
Cost Average ($50 - $100)
Safety The device you build in this project can be used as a demonstration/proof of concept for a science or engineering fair. It should not be used to diagnose or treat medical conditions.
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Does green apple juice taste the same as red apple juice? That might seem like a silly question. Food coloring does not have any flavor—so how could it change how something tastes? Find out whether it does in this food science project! Read more
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
Tinkering
Prerequisites None
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
Science Buddies Original
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Can you catch a bubble with your hands? What if you use another material, like a piece of paper or aluminum foil? Try this science project to find out which materials can catch a bubble without popping it. Read more
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
Tinkering
Prerequisites None
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
Science Buddies Original
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Can you build a volleyball machine? It will need one part to launch a ping pong ball over a net and another to return the ball. How many back-and-forth volleys can you get before the ball touches the ground? While the 2019 Fluor Engineering Challenge is over, you can still try this fun project out yourself. Follow the rules and compare your score to top scores from around the world! Looking for this year's challenge? Check out our main Fluor Engineering Challenge page for all the latest… Read more
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
Tinkering
Prerequisites None
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
Science Buddies Original
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Do you want to build a solar-powered car? How about enter it in a competition and race it against other people's designs? If so, this is the project for you! These instructions will show you how to get started building a solar-powered car that you can enter in a science or engineering fair. No experience needed. If you want, you can even compete in the Junior Solar Sprint, a regional competition for solar-powered cars. Get more information about your regional competition. Are you a teacher?… Read more
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
Tinkering
Prerequisites
Material Availability Requires solar panel and motor. See Materials list for details.
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety No issues
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