Project Selection

  1. What are ten big scientific questions that you want to answer? Each question should not be able to be answered with a simple fact, survey or opinion. Good scientific questions often start with, “What is better …”, “How much …”, “After a certain amount of time …”, etc.  These questions should be things that you are very curious about.  Some general ideas:
    • What kinds of foods or drinks people like better than others.
    • In what ways teachers interact with students (for example, how much they stand vs. sit; eye contact; one-on-one work, etc.)
    • Doing personality tests on friends and family.
    • How well memory works in certain people.
    • The effects of different kinds of music on people.
    • How colors affect peoples’ mood and behavior.
    • How people stereotype and prejudice others based on appearance.
    • Test people on the Stroop Effect.
    • See how accurate reading body language can be.
    • How we judge beauty and attractive people.
    • What can be told from peoples’ handwriting.
    • How many risks people take depending on the situation.
    • What happens when you turn the wrong way in an elevator.
    • What happens when someone is injured or helpless, and who helps them out.
    • What it’s like to be blind or deaf for a day.
  2. After the questions have been looked over by your instructor, choose your top four questions.
  3. For each question, find at least three sources that try to answer the question and write down the book, magazine or address of the web site. Do internet searches for key terms and words, not for the entire question! For example, if you want to answer, “What is it like being blind?” you could search for “blind experience experiment,” “blind people experiences,” “loss of sight,” etc. If you can’t find three sources, state why you think this is the case.
  4. If you’re stuck, make sure that you’ve tried all the major search engines, like google.com, ask.com, bing.com and yahoo.com.
  5. Choose the top question out of the four. Your top question needs to be something that you’re interested in, has enough background information, and something that you can try to answer with an experiment that you can do at school or at home.
  6. Now, write the question that you want to answer.
  7. Describe the experiment you want to try.
  8. What materials do you need for the experiment?
  9. How much time do you need for the experiment?

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