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Electricity
P=Project   E=Experiment
Research why the discharge capacities of lithium ion and lead acid batteries are affected by temperature extremes. [E]
Which metals make the best sources of thermoelectricity? [E]
Seebeck Effect: The Thermoelectrical Potential of Various Metal Couples [E]
Test the resistance of different metals and materials. [E] [E]
Does electricity pass through air, water, metal or plastic? [P]
Find the exact ratio of a magnet's mass to the mass of various metal rods attracted. [E]
Make batteries from fruits and vegetables using metal electrodes and a digital voltmeter and resistors determine voltage, current, and power that your batteries can produce. [E] [E]
Which battery works better? Alkaline, lithium, heavy duty, nickel cadmium, or nickel metal hydride? [E] [E] [P]
Evaluate 3 different methods of transferring residual energy from "dead" AA batteries into a nickel metal hydride (NiMH) battery to make it useable. [E]
What combination of materials (metals) makes the most efficient battery (dry-cell, wet-cell) cathodes? [E] [P] [P] [P]
Electronics
P=Project   E=Experiment   C=Circuit
Build a Charge Monitor for 12V lead acid battery [C]
Build a zinc negative resistance oscillator, transmitter. [E]

Build an active semiconductor device with iron pyrites. [E] [E]
Find out which is affected greater by changes in temperature - fiber optic cable or copper wire? [E]
Determine how different commonly used building materials such as sheetrock, cement, wood, and metal affected wireless speed, signal and quality. [E] [E]
Metal Detectors [C] [C] [C]
Beat Balance Metal Detector [C]
Coil Coupled Operation Metal Detector [C]
Physics
The Measurement and Isolation Analysis of Alpha, Beta, and Gamma Emissions from Uranium Decay and Its Daughter Nuclides [E]
Pros and cons of CANDU (CANada Deuterium Uranium) nuclear power generator, the way it works, its history, and its economical and environmental impact. [P]
The comparison of thermal conductivity of different metals [E]
How Do Metals Compare in Conducting Heat? [E]
Find out if the diameter of a PVC pipe would affect the speed of a small metal ball travelling inside the pipe - explore the relationship of friction and gravity inside the pipe. [E]
Ecology
Aquatic herbicides: test if the use of copper sulfate could cause unwanted biological harm to non-target organisms. [E]
Behavioral Sciences / Psychology
See if heavy metal has negative effects, both physical and mental, on people. [E]
Biochemistry
Analyzing Copper 2+ Binding in the Octarepeat Region of the Infectious Prion Protein [E]
Solar & Renewable Energy
Improving Efficiency of Organic Solar Cells Using Lead Phthalocyanine [P]
Determine which of 3 materials - rubber, aluminum, and copper - will be the optimum solar energy collector. [E]
Earth Sciences
The Origins of Aplite Dikes within the Half Dome Granodiorite Using Initial Strontium and Lead Ratios [E]
High Resolution Uranium Mapping of School Sites [E]
Engineering
Does steel shot or lead shot produce the best pattern when fired from a shotgun? [E]
Find out if contact surface area of overlapping bars of steel on a bridge affected its strength [E]
Test whether there is a correlation between a flute's metallic properties and tone quality. [E]
The effect of temperature extremes on the tensile strength of metals (September 11!) [E] [P]
Food Science
Investigate the effects of copper on mould development [P]
How much iron is found in different types of cereals? [E]
Extracting supplemental iron from food to compare the iron content of several brands of breakfast cereal. [E]
Effectiveness of copper banding in preventing snails from reaching food sources [E]
Find out if a silver dollar can keep un-refrigerated milk fresh longer by killing the bacteria which sours milk. [E]
Microbiology
Is Iron the Key Nutrient in the Growth Rate of Phytoplankton? [E]
Determine the optimal amount of iron to give to phytoplankton in order to produce the most growth in a set period of time for practical use in the process of carbon sequestration via photosynthesis. [E]
Botany
Analyze the absorption of iron in collard greens in the presence of limestone. [E]
Is Iron the Key Nutrient in the Growth Rate of Phytoplankton? [E] [E]
Can Copper Foil Snails? [E]
The Effects of Metals on Plant Growth [E]
What Is the Long Term Effect of Electricity and Metal on Plant Tumors? [E]
Chemistry
Metals
Sports
The Effects a 10 Degree Titanium Driver Has on a Titleist Pro V1 Golf Ball at Impact [E]
Compare the hitting power and "sweet spots" of wood versus aluminum baseball bats. [E]
What Makes Michael Phelps So Good? Do his body shape and flexibility give eight-gold-medal winner Phelps a competitive advantage? [E]
Environmental Sciences
Aluminium recycling [P]
Metal Pollution of the Environment
Medicine
Medicine
Genetics
Can Plants Be Genetically Resistant to Heavy Metals? [E]
Metals Interdisciplinary Topics
Gold, Silver and Diamonds
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