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Test a Project Idea 100 points!* Why it is important: Every set of eyes sees something slightly different. We know that if a number of members do a Project Idea, they may each identify problems or areas of confusion that we did not. Feedback from community members who test our Project Ideas enables us to improve our science and engineering Project Ideas for everyone. And, we need to know if students find our write-ups clear, useful, and accurate.

*You will receive points after your submission receives a sufficient number of thumbs up votes.
Vote 5 points! Why it is important: By rating submissions thumbs up or thumbs down, you tell us which feedback to pay attention to and free up our staff to generate even more fresh content.

Instructions: Helping us debug new Project Ideas or retesting selected older ones is a fun way to help the Science Buddies community! Go to one of the Project Idea pages listed below and carefully read the entire project and complete the experiment.

As you review the Project Idea and work through the steps of the Experimental Procedure, keep track of:

Once you are finished testing, you can give us feedback by clicking on the link at the top of the page.

Comments from previous testers appear at the bottom of the Project Idea page, and you can vote on each one! Generally, Project Ideas take several hours or more to complete.


Project Ideas Needing Testing Date Posted Testers Still Needed Voters Still Needed
Hot Ice Cream
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2017-05-23 50 Yes
Smarter Farming with Aerial Photo Analysis
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2017-05-18 50 Yes
Is It Ripe Yet? Build a Circuit to Detect Ripe Produce
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2017-05-10 50 Yes
Make Your Own Shampoo and Test How It Performs!
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2017-03-18 50 Yes
Which Filtration Material Leads to the Best Drinking Water?
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2017-03-04 50 Yes
Stop the Train! Magnetic Brakes for a Maglev Train
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2017-01-05 50 Yes
Is a Deleted File Really Gone?
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2016-12-16 50 Yes
Be Seen After Dark—What Clothes Keep You Safe?
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2016-11-28 50 Yes
Design Your Own Vibrobots
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2016-11-28 50 Yes
Follow the Flow
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2016-11-16 50 Yes
Make a Battery with Metal, Air, and Saltwater!
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2016-10-07 50 Yes
Do People Prefer Virtual Reality Headsets over 2D Pictures?
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2016-10-05 50 Yes
Create and View Your Own 3D Models in Virtual Reality
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2016-09-24 49 Yes
Design Your Own Virtual Reality Headset
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2016-09-24 49 Yes
From Turbid to Clear: How Flocculation Cleans Up Drinking Water
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2016-08-24 50 Yes
Adsorption: Dyeing Fabrics with Kool-Aid
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2016-08-23 50 Yes
Turn Mud into Energy With a Microbial Fuel Cell
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2016-08-23 50 Yes
Do You Hear What You See?
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2016-08-23 50 Yes
Monitor Your Plants with a Soil Moisture Sensor
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2016-08-23 50 Yes
How Much Fat is in Your Food?
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2016-03-31 46 Yes
Battle of the Senses: Taste Versus Smell
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2016-03-18 49 Yes
Where Do Earthworms Hang Out When Food Is Around?
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2016-03-12 50 Yes
Does Weight Affect a Drone's Battery Life?
Testing Instructions: General review of new Project Idea.
2016-01-22 49 Yes