I got my yearly invitation to judge the city-wide science fair again. I missed out last year, and I think I’ll have to skip this year’s fair as well, but it did make me realize that there are kids out there currently hard at work on their science fair projects!
For those of you preparing science fair projects, here are two interesting links. The first one will probably demotivate you or make you green with envy, but the second one will make it all okay. I promise.
A group of high school students in Michigan is converting a regular old gasoline car into an electric car! They have spent 50 hours removing the engine, and will put in the electric motor this week. The car is expected to be finished by spring, and would be drivable, but unfortunately would need to be recharged every 70 miles. No long distance low emission road trips after graduation for these students…
If your science project doesn’t seem as likely to wow the judges as an electric car, and if it’s now one of those fancy genetic engineering projects that seems to impress the judges every year, do not despair! Your gigantic standard deviation and fluky controls are not the end of the world. Here is an article explaining how to turn your failed experiment into a winning science fair project!
Obviously, the last link is also of interest to graduate students trying to write a thesis about things that didn’t quite work. *cough*