Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Science Fares on the Net

Science fair projects must be much more advanced now that students have the internet

So commented one of my co-workers recently.

If you've been to a local science fair in the last few years you're probably shaking your head right now. Although the internet provides information on a vast source of science topics and mysteries, the projects at your typical fair are still similar to my "how long does it take to melt a jolly rancher in different temperatures of water" science fair days.

Not only that, but you're likely to see some suspiciously similar projects if you go to enough fairs. Here are some examples of how students are taking full advantage of all the internet has to offer in regard to science fairs:

Not feeling creative? Just order a pre-made science kit from Discover This or Scientific Explorer.

Running out of time? Not to worry, just visit Dr. Shawn's Super Science Fair Support Center. Science projects that can be done in one day are marked with an obnoxious, blinking emergency symbol.

Not sure how to display your information? Visit Science Buddies or Science Stuff for a complete diagram.

And finally, not sure how many trials to run? You don't really need the internet for this. As someone who has been to a number of science fairs I'll tell you - the answer is three. No more, no less. I guarantee that every one of your classmates will have data for exactly 3 trials on the bottom left of the center panel of their display board.

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