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  • Elementary School - Grades 4-6
    P=Project   E=Experiment
    Which will bounce higher? A basketball with nitrogen in it or a basketball with oxygen in it? [P] [P]
    Figure out if the flex of a hockey stick makes a shot faster or more accurate. [P] [P]
    Investigate the effect of speed on the distance and height of the skateboarding trick "the ollie." [E]
    Does It Matter How Much Air Is in Your Basketball? [E]
    Determining Your Speediest Shoes [E]
    Can a Breyers Ice cream lid be used as a real frisbee? [P]
    Test if air pressure will affect the dynamics of ball bouncing. [E]
    Determine whether "corked" baseball bats make the ball travel farther than unaltered wooden bats. [E]
    How to measure speed and to compare the speeds of athletes in different sporting events. [E]
    Is wearing a swimsuit improve your swimming performance? [E]
    Determine if the rotation speed of a football affects its drag. [E]
    See whether or not the stitching of a soccer ball affects how far the ball travels. [E]
    Does a swim cap reduce drag and help a swimmer swim faster through the water? [P]
    What makes a good football throw? [P]
    See if golf balls really need dimples to travel a greater distance. [E]
    How Does Shooting a Soccer Ball at a Target with Different Angles and Spin Affect Its Trajectory? [E]
    Middle School - Grades 7-9
    P=Project   E=Experiment

    Golf

    Determine how club head velocity affects shot distance. [E]
    The Development of the Gyroscopic Putter [P]
    Test whether you can increase the distance and/or accuracy of your drives by switching to a different golf ball. [E]
    Test whether an asymmetric dimple pattern on golf balls can produce straighter flight. [E]
    How Does Tee Height Affect Driving Distance? [E]
    Does Altitude Affect the Height of the Bounce of a Golf Ball? [P]
    The Effects a 10 Degree Titanium Driver Has on a Titleist Pro V1 Golf Ball at Impact [E]
    Determine if the composition of a golf ball affects how far the ball travels (its aerodynamics). [E] [E]
    Discovering which golf ball spins the most after being hit from a 50-60 yd chip shot. [E]

    Hockey

    Use shock indicators mounted on helmets to determine the level of impacts during a typical practice or game. [E]
    Investigation of Absorbing Impact Forces in a Hockey Helmet [P] [P]
    How Does Hockey Stick Flex Affect Accuracy and Speed? [E]
    Improving the Modern Hockey Stick [P]
    Which is the best roller hockey wheel for player performance? [E]

    Skateboarding

    Determine if the outside diameter of a longboard's wheel affects the speed of a longboard moving down a hill. [E]
    Which skateboard wheels are best for speed and maneuverability? [E]
    Determine which mountainboard tire pressure provides the best speed and control. [E]
    How the Materials of Bushings Affect a Skateboard's Turning Performance [E]

    Cycling

    Which gear ratio setting on a bicycle will result in the highest speed? [E]
    Comparing Bicycle Helmets' Ability To Absorb Crash Impact [P]
    Determining the Fastest Gear Set-Up on a Single Speed BMX Bike around a Designated Course [E]

    Swimming

    A camcorder filmed a pool with swimmers above and below the water, and a computer system determined when swimmers were in danger of drowning. [E]
    How the Swimsuit Impacts the Speed of Swim [E]
    Polyester vs. Nylon: Which Material Is Best for Swimsuits? [E]

    Tennis

    Test different tennis court surfaces and relate it to the impact it will have on potential knee injuries. [P] [P]
    Determine how well commercial tennis racket shock absorbers work. [E]
    The possible connection between the elasticity of tennis string and it's ability to put spin on a ball [E]

    Basketball

    Learn if extreme climatic temperature changes would affect the bounce height and pressure of basketballs and if a recycled ball would perform as well as a synthetic or rubber basketball. [E]
    Learn if the presence or absence of the basketball net affects free throw accuracy. [E]

    Soccer

    Determine whether a soccer ball's roll length varied on artificial Turf versus natural grass. [E]
    Testing how useful soccer head protection is and which type is the most effective. [E]
    Determining the Optimum Air Pressure for a Soccer Ball [E]
    Determine if protective padding, known as headgear,could absorb the level of G force impacts in soccer which commonly result in concussions. [E]

    Baseball

    Coefficient of Restitution (COR): A Comparison of Major League and Little League Baseballs [E]
    Determine whether cork, sawdust, or sponge, when illegally used as fillers in hollowed-out wooden baseball bats, will cause a baseball to travel farther upon impact compared to a heavier, solid wooden bat. [E] [E]
    Compare Rawlings and Diamond brand Little League Competition Grade Baseballs for consistency in their performance, size and weight. [E]
    Find out if altitude, temperature, and average humidity have an effect on the number of home runs hit at Major League Baseball parks. [E]

    Surfing

    Why Are Polyurethane and Expanded Polystyrene Preferred over Other Types of Foams for Surfboard Cores? [E]

    Football

    Use a rubber band catapult kit and a toy football to kick field goals and see how your success rate varies with distance. [E]
    Which area of a football, when kicked with a pendulum, will cause the football to travel the furthest distance. [E]
    The Effect of Football Helmet Padding Pressure on the Effect of Force of Impact [P]

    Paintball

    The Effect of Barrel Lengths on Paintball Accuracy [E] [E]
    The Effect of Applied Temperature on the Accuracy of a 0.68 Paintball Projectile [E]
    Determine if temperature affects the accuracy of a paintball shot. [E]

    Airsoft Gun

    The Effect of Lubricants on Airsoft Gun Accuracy [E]

    Lacrosse

    Does Barometric Pressure Affect the Velocity of a Lacrosse Ball? [E]

    Softball

    Test which length of plank will launch a softball the farthest. [P]

    Table Tennis

    Invenstigate forces that act upon a table tennis ball in motion and create a simulation in C++ [P]

    Fishing

    Determine whether a diver would see better fish with a rebreather or with open circuit scuba? [E]
    Comparing the Strength of Different Types of Fishing Line [P]
    Find out which out of three fishing poles will cast a weight the farthest. [E]
    How Can Temperature, Weight and Stress Strengthen or Weaken a Standard Fishing Line and How Long It Takes to Break? [E] [E]
    High School - Grades 10-12
    P=Project   E=Experiment
    Develop a computer guided technique to allow an inexperienced person to true bikes effectively at home. [P]
    A Study of the Double Fisherman's Knot Efficiency [E]
    Paintball Ballistics [E]
    Compare the hitting power and "sweet spots" of wood versus aluminum baseball bats. [E]
    Find whether air resistance affects the trajectory of a tennis ball. [E]
    The Effect of Varied Tennis String Tension on the Coefficient of Restitution [E]
    Estimate the relative amount of strain put on the patellar tendon by various bending angles of the knee joint. [E]
    Build an Isodynamic Spring Resistance System [E]
    Study the effect of aerodynamics on speed in speed skiing. [E]
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