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Find out if adding more mirrors to a kaleidoscope increases the number of reflections you see. [E]
Experiment with pinhole photography and determine the correct exposure times for different indoor lighting levels. [E]
Efficacy of Light Shelves? [E]
Is it possible to improve safety of driving in the dark by reducing blinding effect of the opposing cars head lights? [P]
Use of a lever and interference of light to measure very tiny weights. [E]
How to Make an Aircraft Invisible (Stealth) to Radar [E]
Measure, by using a light sensor, sthe vibrational frequency of spring/mass combinations using springs of different stiffness and a graded range of masses for each spring. [E]
Determine whether it is an advantage to have an additional third eye-level headlight versus the two standard headlights on cars. [E]
Measure the quality of a photographic lens. [E]
Use infrared photography to measure the transmission and reflection of near-infrared light by ordinary objects in our everyday surroundings. [E]
Measuring the Speed of Moving Objects with Stroboscopic Photography [E]
Build and test a flash extender for a camera's flash attachment using a Fresnel lens. [E]
Find how colors represented by a CMYK (Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-Black) model reflects light. [E]
Sky Brightness and Its Effect on CCD Imaging [E]
Investigate how light passes through pinhole apertures of different sizes. [E]
The Difference Between Standard Sealed Beam Headlights and Halogen Headlights [E]
Which new roofing material, proposed to meet the requirements of recent California legislation, reflects the most light and reaches the lowest maximum temperature? [E]
Harnessing Photon Upconversion in a Microfluidic Reactor for Ultra-Efficient, Solar-Driven Photochemical Synthesis [E]
Titanium Dioxide Hollow Shell around Gold Nanoparticles: A More Efficient Photocatalyst [E]
Visible light deoxygenation by photoredox catalysis - Applications in Energy Storage systems and Regenerating Fuel [P]
Assembly of Magnetic Particles and Magnetic Holes into 1D, 2D, and 3D Photonic Crystals [E]
Fabrication and Manipulation of One-Dimensional Photonic Crystals [E]
Build a device to measure the intensity and duration of light produced by glow sticks and other glow-in-the-dark materials. [E]
Demonstrate how the rate of a chemical reaction can be altered by light. [E]
Determine how different colors of light affect the brightness of a sun-print image. [E]
Analysis of Water for Mercury using Light [E]
Sunblocks & Sunscreens
Psychology / Human Behavior
The effect of different effects of lighting and time of day on testing abilities. [P]
Investigae whether the normal traffic light sequence (green, yellow, red), the blinking yellow sequence (green, yellow, blinking yellow, then red), or the blinking green light (green, blinking green, yellow, then red), can stop vehicles in time. [E]
Visual Perception Psychology
Optical Illusions
Genetically Engineer Yeast to be Fluorescent [E]
PTT Influence on Genetic Change of Human Fibroblasts and Prokaryotes Exposed to UV Light [E]
Food Science
Determine how brewing time affects the strength of tea, using a simple homemade electronic device that measures light absorption. [E]
Discover the optimum grinding time of coffee beans to make the darkest coffee within a given percolation time (by shooting a laser beam through the coffee sample and into a solar panel). [E]
The effect of light on the vitamin C content of juice [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E] [E]
Earth Sciences
Examine the ways in which solar radiation affects land and water. [E]
Investigate how axial tilt affects how the Sun's rays strike Earth and create seasons. [E]
What is Lightning? [P]
Study the ability of a glucose solution to rotate polarized light. [E]
Build a simple electronic device to measure light scattering in liquids, and use it to measure the effect of protease activity. [E]
Study the ability of a glucose solution to rotate polarized light. [E]
Light Effects on Animals
Light Effects on Bacteria, Algae & Fungi
Measuring Exoplanetary Radii Using Transit Photometry [P]
Morphological Identification of Wide-Separation Gravitationally Lensed Quasars [P]
Finding the internal characteristics of variable stars by analyzing their light curves. [E]
How Does Light Intensity of a Star Change with Distance? [E]
A Photometric Comparison of the Variable Stars Beta Lyrae and Delta Cephei [E]
Sun & Solar System
Environmental Sciences
The Effect of Titanium Dioxide TiO(2) Nanoparticles on E. coli Growth in the Presence of Light [E]
Find a practical way to purify water, using nanoparticles as a photocatalytic agent [E]
Find out how light of different wavelengths penetrates smoke. [E]
Compact Flourescent Lamps or Carelessly Fouling Landfills? [E]
The Effect of Artificial Light on the Migration Pattern of Daphnia [E]
Radiation, Light & Sound Pollution
Global Warming
Sun and Light in Electricity
SolaRail: MagLev trains and solar cells [P]
Determine whether electrical energy can be generated at a reasonable efficiency by combining non-imaging optics with the Seebeck effect, to directly transform the sun's radiant heat into electricity. [E]
Light in Electronics
Lights & LED Circuits
Optoelectronics Devices
Infrared (IR) Radiation
Light Sensors and Light Measurement
How long a pinto bean seed would take to germinate and compare it to a kidney bean seed and a pinto bean seed planted in the dark. [E]
Test the effect of temperature and light on plant's growth. [P]
Does Lip Gloss / Balm Increase the Ability of UV Light to Kill Yeast? [E]
How Does Color Affect Heating by Absorption of Light? [E]
Optics (Light)
Michelson-Morley: Detecting The Ether Wind Experiment
Renewable and Solar Energy
Solar Cells (Photovoltaics) & Panels
Solar Appliances, Machines & Devices
Solar Cookers & Ovens
Solar Energy Cost & Efficiency
Solar Water Purification & Distillation
Solar Water Heaters & Collectors
Medicine & Human Anatomy
Eye and Visual System Anatomy and Physiology
Eye and Visual System Disease
Determine the effect of the use of Roundup� on the growth of genetically modified plants that are competing with weeds for food and light. [E]
Sun & Light Interdisciplinary Topics
Ultraviolet (UV) Light
Infrared (IR) Radiation
Sun and Light in Future Science
Flying Photocatalytic Pollution Frog! (K-3) [P]
The SIGHT System: Safety Interactive Guided Holographic Technology (K-3) [P]
The Opti Arm: An Optical Interface Prosthetic Device (7-9) [P]
H.O.C The Hexadecimal Optical Computer (7-9) [P]
Enable sight for blind people (7-9) [P]
TEVIA Tech incorporates eight technologies into a smartphone base to form a breakthrough assistive device for the visually impaired (10-12) [P]
Solar and Wind Power applied by airplanes (10-12). [P]
Anti-reflective surface treatments using nanotechnology to reduce windshield light glare. [P]
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