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Do you know that many consumer products, such as sports clothes, cosmetics, and even food containers contain tiny silver particles? These so-called nanoparticles—usually 1–100 nanometers (a billionth of a meter) in size—are toxic to bacteria and fungi and therefore, are used to prevent them from growing on everyday items you use. But what happens if the silver nanoparticles get into the water; for example, when you wash off your makeup or clean your clothes? Do they… Read more
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
Tinkering
Prerequisites None.
Material Availability This project requires materials which need to be specially ordered. See the Materials and Equipment list for details.
Cost High ($100 - $150)
Safety No issues.
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If you like listening to music and making crafts, this is a great project for you. You will learn how to make a completely functional speaker that you can use to listen to real music...out of paper! Along the way, you will learn about the science behind how a speaker works. Speakers depend on magnets to create sound—does adding more magnets make the sound louder? Try this project to find out! This project is compatible with Google's Science Journal app, which allows you to collect data… Read more
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
Tinkering
Prerequisites None.
Material Availability Specialty electronics materials required. See the Materials list for details.
Cost Average ($40 - $80)
Safety No issues.
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Would it surprise you to learn that no one knows the exact age of the universe? Astronomers have estimates, and as they gather increasingly precise data and measurements, they continue to refine those estimates to come up with more accurate estimates. In this project, you can look at data about stars in dense groups called globular clusters and come up with your own estimate for the minimum age of the universe. How closely will your estimate match those of other astronomers? Read more
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
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Prerequisites Computer skills, including basic spreadsheet skills (such as Microsoft® Excel®)
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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No one likes shots, so why don't we swallow all our medications? In this science project, you will use a model to explore one challenge behind making medications we can quickly swallow, using insulin (a medication taken by some diabetes patients) as an example. Will your medication be functional after spending time in an environment similar to the stomach? Read more
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
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Prerequisites None
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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Soil erosion can cost the world billions of dollars every year by washing pollutants into our streams and rivers and by causing the loss of farmland. What can you do about this problem? Help save the world (and some money!) with nothing more than a few plants! Read more
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Time Required Long (2-4 weeks)
Tinkering
Prerequisites None
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety No issues
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Fuzzy things are often cute, but not when that fuzziness is mold on your strawberry—yuck! Companies look for natural, plant-based ways to protect the berries from mold when they are in the store, waiting for you to purchase them. Would washing them in aloe vera juice protect strawberries from mold? Do this project and find out! Read more
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
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Prerequisites None
Material Availability Readily available.
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety No issues.
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Electric paint is a fun way to include a circuit with lights in an art project, but it presents a challenge not found in traditional electronic circuits. What happens if you change the length or width of your strokes of paint, such as by painting longer, curvier lines or using a thicker brush? Could this affect the electrical properties of your circuit? Try this project to find out! Read more
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
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Prerequisites To do this project, you will need to use a multimeter. See the Science Buddies reference How to Use a Multimeter to learn how to use one.
Material Availability This project requires special circuit materials. See the Materials and Equipment list for details. "Time required" includes time for shipping specialty materials.
Cost Average ($40 - $80)
Safety No issues
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Have you ever broken a candy bar in half to share with someone? Some might snap in half quite cleanly, but others might be gooey and flexible. If you stick a candy bar in the freezer, will this change how the materials break? Try this sweet project to find out! Read more
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
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Prerequisites None
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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"Paper circuits" are a fun way to mix electronics and art by adding lights directly to a painting or drawing. These lights need a battery to power them, and typically you would use wires to connect them. In paper circuits, though, many materials can be substituted as "wire," including special types of paint, ink, and even aluminum foil. There are also different options for what type of battery you can use. Which materials do you think will work best? Try this project to find out! Read more
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
Tinkering
Prerequisites None
Material Availability This project requires special circuit materials. See the Materials and Equipment list for details. Estimated project time includes time for shipping specialty materials.
Cost Average ($40 - $80)
Safety No issues
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Social media is all the buzz on the internet. What can we do with all the information generated by millions of people posting, tweeting, taking pictures, and chatting? How do companies convert it into profit? While you do not have the tools to analyze data from millions of social media posts by yourself, you will be able to analyze a scaled-down version. Follow the instructions in this project to try your hand at extracting data from a couple of social media sites and use it to create… Read more
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
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Prerequisites Familiarity with Microsoft Excel® or another data visualization tool, like Tableau® Public, will be helpful.
Material Availability Readily available
Cost
Safety No issues
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