46 Science Fair Projects for the Evil Genius

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McGraw Hill Professional, Sep 21, 2008 - Technology & Engineering - 240 pages
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SHAKE UP YOUR SCIENCE FAIR WITH THESE CUTTING-EDGE, ATTENTION-GRABBING PROJECTS!

Want to win first place in the next science fair? 46 Science Fair Projects for the Evil Genius has everything you need to create amazing, sophisticated projects that will wow the judges and keep everyone talking long after the awards are handed out.

Using inexpensive, easy-to-find parts and tools, and following standard science fair requirements, these creative new projects test 46 theories from various disciplines, including physics, astronomy, energy, environmental science, and economics. Each project begins with an intriguing hypothesis that leaves plenty of room for you to add your own tweaks, making the project entirely different and new-the only limit is your imagination! 46 Science Fair Projects for the Evil Genius:

  • Features instructions and plans for 46 inventive, winning projects, complete with 100 how-to illustrations
  • Shows you how to assemble, design, and build devices to test the hypotheses offered for each project
  • Leaves room for you to customize your project and create several variations, so the experiment is entirely your own!
  • Removes the frustration-factor-all the parts you need are listed, along with sources

Regardless of your skill level, 46 Science Fair Projects for the Evil Genius provides you with all the parts lists and tools you need to test the hypotheses and complete projects with ease, such as:

  • Water, Water, Everywhere-the effect of salt water flooding a lawn
  • “Vlip!”-dogs respond to sounds, not the meaning of words
  • Web Crawler-the effectiveness of Internet search engines
  • M&M Ring around the World-the validity of sample size
  • “Commercial” TV-comparison of programming to advertising content
  • Sounds fishy-do goldfish have a water temperature preference?
  • Split and Dip-strategy for making money in the stock market
  • High-Tech Times-the willingness of people of different ages to adapt to new technology
  • Not Just Lemonade-is adding lemon to cleaners just for marketing?
  • Kinetic Pendulum-the relationship between a pendulum, an arc, and time
 

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Contents

Water Water Everywhere The effect of fresh water and coastal salt water flooding on lawns
1
Whos Home? Determining whether or not organisms other than birds live in birds nests
5
Go with the Flow Lighthouses are cylindrically shaped so they can structurally withstand highvelocity winds
9
Kinetic Pendulum Examining the relationship between the arc distance a pendulum travels and the swing period time
13
Melody Camouflage Erroneously perceived sound while masked by noise
17
Vlip A pet dog responds to sounds rather than understanding the meaning of words
21
Got Salt? Comparisons of back bay salt content to tide cycles
25
In the Ear of the Beholder The physics and social classification of noise
29
Split and Dip Testing a strategy for making money in the stock market
99
Johnny Applesauce Cinnamon A mold inhibitor
105
Backfield in Motion The effect of an electromagnetic field on singlecelled organisms
109
Green No More Concepts in chlorophyll
113
Not Just Lemonade Determining if the addition of lemon to cleaning products is strictly for marketing purposes
117
Less Is More Determining if pH increases as standing rainwater evaporates
121
Natural Fences Finding natural pesticide substances
125
The Nose Knows Olfactory identification differences by age
129

Flying in the Wind Wind velocity at ground level may be different at heights above the ground
33
Lighter Struts Making materials lighter yet still strong enough for the required need
37
Stock Up Concepts of stock market investing
41
A Better Burger Comparing the fat content in different grades of ground beef
47
Caught in the Spotlight Devising an insectcollection device and then evaluating the nocturnal insect population in your area for health hazards
51
Sweet Treat The behavior of ants toward natural and artificial sugars
55
C a Fantastic Vitamin The effect of boiling on the vitamin C content of carrots
59
Zenith Is Not a Radio Comparing the Suns daily zenith to the time between sunrise and sunset
63
Bold Mold Environment affects the rate at which food spoils
67
MMs Ring Around the World Determining the validity of sample size
71
Choices Behavior The position of an item will determine the selection by handedness left handright hand over color
75
Plants Exhale A plant produces more oxygen when light intensity is increased
79
Melting Mountains Alluvial runoff from melting mountain ice
83
Sounds Fishy Determining if goldfish have water temperature preferences
87
Parallelogram Prevention Simple bracing can greatly increase a structures capability to maintain its shape under stress
91
A Taste of Plant Acid Determining if a vegetable has a more acrid taste if it has a higher pH
95
Germ Jungle Checking for the presence of bacteria on public surfaces
133
Not til Christmas Determining adherence to instructions by gender
137
Space Farm The effect of artificial gravity on radishseed germination
141
Cooled Off Comparison study between the cooling effect of evaporating water and alcohol
145
Pass the Mold A study on the capability of common bread mold to be transferred from one food to another
149
Hardwood Café Determining if bracket fungi are parasites or saprophytes
153
Web Crawlers Determining the effectiveness of various Internet search engines
157
Night Watch Circadian rhythms Training a house plant to be awake at night
161
Time for the Concert A study of the effect of temperature on the chirping of crickets
165
Flying Walking Crawling Natural bait to keep pests at bay during picnics
169
HighTech Times A study of the willingness of people in different age groups to adapt to new technology
173
Commercial TV A comparison of programming to advertising content
177
Sold on Solar The temperature in a climate as it relates to the amount of possible usable sunlight
181
Getting to the Root of the Problem A study of the effect of low water on radish seedling root systems
185
Index
189
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About the author (2008)

Bob Bonnet (Cape May Court House, NJ), who holds a masters degree in environmental education, has been teaching science for over 25 years. He was a state naturalist at Belleplain State Forest in New Jersey. Mr. Bonnet has organized and judged many science fairs at both the local and regional levels. He has served as the chairman of the science curriculum committee for the Dennis Township School system and is a “Science Teaching Fellow” at Rowan University in New Jersey. Mr. Bonnet is listed in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.” Together Mr. Bonnet and Mr. Keen have had many articles and books published on a variety of science topics for international publishers, including McGraw-Hill and Sterling Publishing. Dan Keen (Cape May Court House, NJ) holds an Associate in Science degree, majoring in electronic technology. Mr. Keen is the editor and publisher of a county newspaper in southern New Jersey. He was employed in the field of electronics for 23 years and his work included electronic servicing as well as computer consulting and programming. Mr. Keen has written numerous articles for many computer magazines and trade journals since 1979. He is the coauthor of several computer programming books. For 10 years he taught computer courses in community education programs in four schools. In 1986 and 1987 he taught computer science at Stockton State College in New Jersey.

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