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This is a project about the "molecular alphabet" of DNA. With just four "letters," it manages to keep track of the plan for an entire person, and keep a complete copy in nearly every cell. This project will help you start learning this new alphabet. Read more
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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
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Prerequisites You should have studied Life Science
Material Availability None required
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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This is a cool way to learn more about your camera, and how to take better pictures. Read more
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
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Prerequisites Must have a camera
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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Remember going to the doctor and getting vaccine shots? It is no fun getting poked with a needle, but fortunately, a vaccine gives you protection against a serious illness for years to come. But what about the flu vaccine? How come there is a new one every year? This science fair project will show you why. Read more
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
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Prerequisites Excellent computer skills. Basic understanding of immunology and protein sequences or willingness to learn about these topics.
Material Availability None required
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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The element lead is a neurotoxin that is particularly dangerous to young children. Among other uses, lead compounds were common paint additives until being phased out for safer titanium-based additives beginning in the 1960's. Lead compounds were also added to gasoline to prevent engine knocking, until being phased out beginning in the 1970's. Although paint and gasoline sold today no longer contain lead, soil can have contamination from older sources of lead, such as paint from old… Read more
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
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Material Availability A lead soil test kit may need to be specially ordered. See the Materials and Equipment list for details.
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety
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The DNA in our cells contains our "blueprints," but it's the proteins in our cells that do most of the work. The Human Genome Project has allowed us to start reading the blueprints, but we still don't understand what most of the proteins do. This is a fairly advanced project that explores ways of identifying the function of unknown proteins. Read more
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Time Required Long (2-4 weeks)
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Prerequisites High School Biology, excellent computer skills
Material Availability None required
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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Cryopreservation—storing seeds in ultra-cold liquid nitrogen—is one method for maintaining plant genetic stocks in seed banks. Can seeds withstand a really deep freeze and still germinate? Read more
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Time Required Long (2-4 weeks)
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Material Availability Requires a sponsor to provide access to liquid nitrogen
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety Must have adult supervision when working with liquid nitrogen.
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You're playing Monopoly with a friend, and you've already got Park Place and you really, really want to get Boardwalk. If you're on Pacific Avenue, what are the chances you'll reach your goal? Here's an easy project that will show you how to find out. Read more
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
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Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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Everybody knows that worms are good for the soil, but not everybody knows why. Here's a project that investigates just one of the ways earthworms improve the earth. Would earthworm castings (or earthworm manure) help your plants prosper and flourish? If so, how much should you use? Read more
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Time Required Very Long (1+ months)
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Material Availability Readily available
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
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In this project, you'll learn how to isolate DNA from onion cells, separating it from other cellular components in a manner that still preserves its structure and sequence. In the end, you'll have enough DNA to see with the unaided eye, and you'll be able to spool it to demonstrate its strand-like structure. 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 Use caution when handling ethanol because it is very flammable. Adult supervision is recommended for using the stove and a food processor or blender.
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Microbes are everywhere in our environment, but for the most part they escape our notice. This project shows you how to safely culture and study common bacteria from your everyday surroundings. Read more
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
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Prerequisites
Material Availability A kit for this project is available from our partner Home Science Tools.
Cost Average ($40 - $80)
Safety Follow the safety precautions for handling microorganisms listed in the Procedure.
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