Category Archives: Science Fair

How you can make a science fair project that will get noticed.

Creating Effective Camera Obscuras

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The earliest form of ‘photography’ and use of a pinhole was the camera obscura (latin for ‘better than the telly’). Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Musings: Science Fairs for Grownups

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Questions: Why do we want kids to get interested in science?
Answer: To create science-literate adults.
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Evolution as a tool at Burlington Maker Faire 2013

This project is an open source reactor based on a design out of Harvard that uses Arduino micro controllers, open computer vision systems, and reclaimed scrap materials in order to accelerate the evolution of viruses for scientific purposes. Continue reading…

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How to Blow Soap Bubbles That Last for Months or Even Years

Figure 1: A. V. Grosse's design for a bubble pipe with a moisture trap

ABOUT TWO MONTHS AGO I blew a big soap bubble inside a glass jug and put the jug on a bookshelf. The bubble is still there, iridescent and shimmering. It may last for years. Continue reading…

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Wyoming teen who built fusion reactor disqualified from science fair on technicality

Conrad Farnsworth demonstrates the fusion reactor he hand-built in his father's garage in Newcastle.

A Wyoming high school student who built a nuclear reactor in his dad’s garage was disqualified from the International Science and Engineering Fair this month on a technicality. Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Musings: It’s Science Fair Time!

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If you wanted to set up a neighborhood science club, and had plenty of resources, kids and parents eager to sign up, would you need to teach the club members how to do actual science? Almost certainly. Continue reading…

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Kickstarter: A Bench Power Supply in Your Computer

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Convenient configurable power supply for hobbyists, engineers, and DIYers. Installs in your desktop PC! Continue reading…

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Judging the Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair

I volunteered to help judge the Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair this year. This years fair was held this morning (Saturday 16 March) at Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids. Continue reading…

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“Hidden” Sources for Research

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Researching any subject can take copious amounts of time especially if you don’t know where to find credible information. Unfortunately, credible information can be extremely difficult to locate if you don’t know where to start looking. Continue reading…

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CSL Provides Unprecedented Access to Scientific Literature

The Citizen Scientists League is providing access to thousands of scientific and academic journals and other publications. CSL is proud to be the first such organization to offer this kind of service. Continue reading…

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