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  • Primary School - Grades K-3
    P=Project   E=Experiment
    Research the origins of modern technology and invention [P]
    Can wasted energy be turned into more useful energy? [P]
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    Elementary School - Grades 4-6
    P=Project   E=Experiment
    Build a water clock that tracks three hours of time. [E]
    Applying the concepts of ergonomics [E]
    Apply simple ergonomic principles to a set task, such as playing a video game, and see if the user will achieve higher productivity, while increasing efficiency. [E]
    Create a process flow to accomplish a task (like emptying a dishwasher) accurately, in as little time as possible, and with a minimum of mistakes. [E]
    Build an efficient Archimedes screw pump, using commonly found materials. [E]
    Figure out how to calculate gear ratios by putting the gears together. [E]
    Build a machine that will turn off an alarm clock. [P]
    Build and Research Steam Engines [P]
    How much force is needed to pound nails into different kinds of wood? [E]
    Build and research your own clinometer: [E]
    Investigate the effect of packaging material properties on shock levels and protection against shock damage. [E]
    Determine if brittle materials break in a similar pattern. [E]
    How works the bullet proof vest? [E]
    Which nails can resist the most force? [P]
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    Middle School - Grades 7-9
    P=Project   E=Experiment
    Determine whether commercially available bio-based lubricants offer viable alternatives to petroleum-based lubricants when all relevant factors [E]
    The Most Force Absorbent Material [E]
    Using the Jamming Principle to Construct a Universal Gripper [E]
    See if treating Kevlar fabric with magnetorheological (MR) fluid, improves protection compared to untreated Kevlar used in body armor. [E]
    Make a cheap weatherproof sleeping bag for homeless people. [P]
    How to prevent model train derailments by using a spring switch. [P]
    Determine if childproof containers are really safe from children. [E] [E]
    Can Smaller Eggs Support More Weight? [E]
    Biomimetic Water Striders: Testing the Load-Bearing Capacity of Static Water Strider Models [E]
    Modify a mass manufactured poultry feeder in order to use less food, reducing stale and wasted feed. [E]
    Use of a lever and interference of light to measure very tiny weights. [E]
    Which packing material provides the best protection for fragile items? [E]
    Determine if different brands of bubble gum produce the same size of bubble by measuring circumference and diameter. [E]
    Which insole lasts the longest under constant compression? [E]
    Test Load Carrying Capacity of Cylindrical Shells [E]
    Measure, by using a light sensor, the vibrational frequency of spring/mass combinations using springs of different stiffness and a graded range of masses for each spring. [E]
    Effect of Trebuchet Arm Length or Counterweight Mass on Projectile Distance [E]
    Measure the force and the work required to lift the same load with different arrangements of pulleys. [E]
    Investigate how far equally-weighted objects with different surface textures will slide when propelled across surfaces with different textures. [E]
    Build a small dynamometer that could measure the output power, torque, and RPM of a HO scale slot car. [E]
    Determine whether it is possible to harness wasted gravitational potential energy and convert it into easily accessed kinetic energy. Application of this principle is a garbage can that can bring itself out to the curb when full and back to the house when empty. [E]
    Hinged vs. Fixed Trebuchet Counterweight Design [E]
    Compare different types of prosthetics (control cable, electric). [E]
    The effect of damping on a shock absorber [P]
    Will harp traps be more effective at catching bats with a higher wing loading than bats with a lower wing loading because bats with a lower wing loading fly slower and are more maneuverable? [P]
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    High School - Grades 10-12
    P=Project   E=Experiment
    Does the Direction of a 3D-Print Matter? [E]
    A new cheap device that harvests and threshes crops built from a modified bicycle. [P]
    The physics of transferring power through moving gears. [E]
    The Effect of Differing End Mill Length and Diameter on Dimensional Control While Cutting Steel with an End Mill [E]
    What are landmines? [P]
    Thermally Accelerated Vacuum Dryer: Method for Direct Extraction of Energy from Temperature Differences in Environment [E]
    Using sound pressure waves to extinguish fire. [E]
    Can you build a perpetual motion machine (over-unity device)? [E] [E]
    Investigating Resonance and Analyzing the Effects of Tension in a Multi-Pendulum System [E]
    Build a pump that uses the power of water flowing downhill to deliver a supply of water to a much higher level. [E]
    Follow in the steps of Johannes Gutenberg - Build your own movable type printing press [E]
    Follow in the steps of Eli Whitney - Build your own cotton gin [E]
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