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Ideas and Sample Projects by Grade Level

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Elementary School - Grades 4-6
P=Project   E=Experiment
Test the use of wildcards to maximize the number of results from a search [E]
Use different search terms to measure the effect on search hits with Google [E]
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Internet Related Experiments and Background Information
Middle School - Grades 7-9
P=Project   E=Experiment
Determine whether you can look up publicly available information about a person online, to find answers to common account security questions. [E]
Fermat vs. Brute Force: The Making of a Better Primality Test [E]
Does Password Complexity Increase with Age? [E]
Measure how much different materials affect the signal strength of a wireless router. [E]
Do People Use Different Passwords for Different Accounts? [E]
Are Your Passwords Secure over Public Wi-Fi? [E]
Investigate computer viruses [E]
How email works - POP, SMTP, IMAP, MIME, webmail services, mail clients, and spam. [E] [P]
Explore the relationship between overall performance and the number of clients in an internet-based distributed computing network. [E]
Build a browser programmed with Visual Basic [P]
Determine which Anti-Virus software on the market is the most effective,cost efficient, and has the most features. [E] [E]
Determine what type of password is most secure [E] [E]
Find out which file format (TIFF, GIF, JPEG) has the best image quality. [E] [E]
Computer Security Experiments and Background Information
Internet Related Experiments and Background Information
High School - Grades 10-12
P=Project   E=Experiment
Applying adversarial learning to invade a spam filter [P]
Stealing Data from a Computer that isn't Connected to the Internet [E]
Preventing SQL Injection Attacks [E]
Evaluate how difficult different types of passwords are to crack and then write a simple password-guessing program to try to guess sample passwords. [E]
The Password Paradox: "Rememberability" vs. "Guessability." Entropy and Human Factors in Password Creation [E]
Developing Software to Detect Malicious PDFs [E]
Determine which characteristic of typing is most unique and will yield a better biometric: times in between keystrokes or length of time keys are held down. [P] [P]
Malware Identification by Statistical Opcode Analysis [E]
What is the Internet [P]
Computer security threats and how to combat them [P]
Explore differences and similarities of biological and computer viruses [E] [E] [E]
Improve the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) [E] [E]
A category oriented web search engine through Round Robin learning and ranking algorithm. [E]
Privacy Trends in Consumer Ubiquitous Computing [E]
Computer Security Experiments and Background Information
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