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Elementary School - Grades 4-6
P=Project   E=Experiment
The Effect of Candle Wax Hardness on the Burning Time of a Candle [P]
Which weight is greater, that of the product of combustion or that of the starting material? [E]
Which substance will burn the fastest? [P]
Which kind of trash, when burned, creates the most heat? [P]
Which type of fabric burns the quickest? [P] [P]
How will the size of a closed jar affect the burning time of a candle? [E]
Which fire retarding treatment would best protect a structure from wildfires? [E]
Flame retardants [P]
Determine which one of the three commercial flame-retardant chemicals would best prevent combustion of various species of evergreen trees. [P]
Biomass Science Fair Projects & Experiments
Fossil Fuel Science Fair Projects & Experiments
Interdisciplinary Topic: Fire
Middle School - Grades 7-9
P=Project   E=Experiment
Using Sound Waves to Extinguish Flames [E]
Extend the time of the current Nomex fire suits ability to protect firefighters from permanent damage due to exposure from direct flames and high intensity heat. [E]
Can Wood Preservatives Increase the Effectiveness of Fire Retardants? [E]
An inexpensive efficient fire retardant [E]
Test the effectiveness of fire fighting gels. [E]
Learn if Flamex PF Fire Retardant really did delay the burning of cotton, polyester, cardboard, paper, and cork, and on which material it works better on. [E]
Measure the amount of energy contained in various types of nuts [E] [E] [E]
Which wood releases the most heat? [P]
Which type of wood, hardwood or softwood, will burn fastest? [P]
Fire Retardants vs. Burning Rate of Cotton [P]
Determine which fireplace fuels work most efficiantly to heat a room for the least amount of time, energy, and money. [E]
What type of light bulb charges zinc sulfide the most effectively? [P]
Assess the amount of energy created in a chemical reaction using handwarmers that last for different durations of time. [E] [E] [E]
Determine if energy released during chemical reactions can be stored by stopping the chemical reaction. [P]
What are fireworks? [E] [E] [E]
Which food releases the most heat and food energy (calories)? [E]
How fast will different objects burn in different levels of oxygen? [E]
The flammability of different fabrics? [E] [P] [P] [P]
What brand of fireplace pellets burn the longest and produce the most heat? [P]
Flame retardants [P] [P]
How flammable are different species of Christmas trees if people fail to water them? [E]
Biomass Science Fair Projects & Experiments
Fossil Fuel Science Fair Projects & Experiments
Interdisciplinary Topic: Fire
High School - Grades 10-12
P=Project   E=Experiment
Visible light deoxygenation by photoredox catalysis - applications in energy storage systems and regenerating fuel [P] [P]
Reducing The Flammability of Paint [P]
Find the best method of protecting a structure with many wooden components from fire consumption testing borax, sodium bicarbonate, white birch and pine. [P] [P]
Determine if a viscous spray made with alginate, a natural, biodegradable compound produced in the cell walls of brown algae, is an effective fire-retardant alternative based on its ability to prevent combustion and burning. [E]
Investigate the colors produced when different chemicals are burned. [E]
Test the possibility of adding ash to paint which contains organic compounds and evaluate its fire-extinguishing characteristics. [P]
Energy of a Peanut: an experiment in Calorimetry [E]
Determine the contents of corn ash using Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) and test its fire extinguishing capacity compared to other commercial fire extinguishers. [P]
Investigate whether sodium polystyrene sulfonate can be used as a subtituent solvent to ether in Li-ion battery [P]
Study the relationship between the voltage output of a tin-copper cell and the temperature of the two solutions. [E]
A Novel Nanocrystalline Chlorophyll-Based Photoelectrochemical Cell: H2 Production via the Light-Driven Redox of Seawater [E]
Oil industries and the cracking process [P]
Handwarmer investigation [P]
Biomass Science Fair Projects & Experiments
Fossil Fuel Science Fair Projects & Experiments
Interdisciplinary Topic: Fire
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