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Botany
P=Project   E=Experiment
Growing all year Long with grade one - grass, tulips and amaryllis. [P]
Which evergreen street tree had the highest carbon and ozone uptake (calculated over a year) for the following three species: California palm, Mugo pine, and Coastal live oak? [E]
Determine how the timing of the application of potassium affects plant growth. [E]
Determine seed tolerance for freezing by measuring the germination rate after being frozen for various intervals. [E] [E]
How does light intensity and duration affect the rate of photosynthesis? [E] [E] [E]
How does light intensity and duration affect plant growth? [E] [E] [E] [P] [P] [P] [P]
Measure a plant's response to gravity using time-lapse photography. [E]
Does the consentration and soaking period of hydrogen peroxide effect the germination time for a seed? [E]
How will the size of a closed jar affect the burning time of a candle? [E] [E]
The effect of cover crop growth time on its effectiveness in enhancing plant growth [E]
Which plants survive the longest period of time without water? [P]
The effects of Stratification Time on Germination Rate [E]
Effect of water sources on sprout time and early growth rate of seeds [E]
The effect of cover crop growth time on its effectiveness in enhancing plant growth [E]
Zoology
Red Clawed Crabs: Can They Learn to Consistently Decrease Times in a Maze? [E]
Are Parrots Smarter Than a Human Two-Year-Old? [E]
New studies have shown that goldfish possess the power to tell time, develop a routine and have a memory of up to three months. In our experiment, we are trying to determine whether or not this new information is correct. [E]
Find out if growth rates are different among a puppy's weight, height, length, paw size and selected bones during the early months of life. [E]
Find out how many weeks it would take to condition my pet bird "Sunny" to respond to the sound of a bell even when no food was present. [E]
The Effect of Temperature on the Development Time of Drosophila melanogaster [E]
Does Your Mouse Know the Time on the Clock? [E]
Test a set of olfactory stimulants and their effects on caloric restriction in Gryllus bimaculatus (a species of field crickets) and deepen the understanding of when and how caloric restriction might prolong lifespan. [E]
Compare day and night behaviors and activities of different species of lizards. [E]
New studies have shown that goldfish possess the power to tell time, develop a routine and have a memory of up to three months. In our experiment, we are trying to determine whether or not this new information is correct. [E]
The effect of time of day on the time it takes a hamster to negotiate a maze [E]
Change a mouse's internal clock. [E]
Which Saddle Pad Material Keeps the Horse at the Coolest Core Temperature After a Twenty Minute Workout [E]
Engineering
Build a water clock that tracks three hours of time. [E]
Determine how different declines affect the tipping point and time of a vehicle. [E]
How the length of the string affects a yo-yo's sleeping time. [E]
Can the 10th Century Chinese Justice Cup be used as a simple viscometer, a device used to measure viscosity or the amount of resistance to fluid flow. [E]
Which musical intervals are most effective at producing sympathetic vibrations on open guitar strings when another string is picked (plucked). [E]
How the length of the string affects a yo-yo's sleeping time. [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]
Measure a plant's response to gravity using time-lapse photography. [E]
Test if different volumes of air will cause a balloon powered hovercraft to travel for longer periods of time. [E]
Build a machine that will turn off an alarm clock. [P]
Build a clock that does not need electricity but only dripping water to tell time? [P]
Electricity
How many fruits, vegetables, and children does it take to generate enough electricity to run a clock? [E]
Do galvanic cells stop recharging over time due to deterioration of their electrodes? [E]
Determine if exposing Duracell batteries to freezing temperatures for short periods of time will cause them to die faster than Duracell batteries that are not exposed to freezing temperatures. [E]
Should fluorescent bulbs be left on when leaving a room for a short time for power saving considerations? [E]
Which AA battery brand maintains its voltage for the longest period of time? [E] [P] [P] [P]
Operation time of various rechargeable batteries in extreme cold [P]
Astronomy
Trace the path of the midday Sun across the sky over the course of the year and create an analemma. [E]
Do sunspot cycles consistently have a faster rise time and a slower decay time? [E]
The accuracy of your area vs. how it is measured [E]
Construct a sundial and research the techniques different cultures use to study time. [E]
The constellations change in the night sky over different periods of time. [E]
Black holes and time [P]
Measure true noon time using the sundial principle [E] [E]
Microbiology
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]
How much time does it take to transfer bacteria from a contaminated wood surface onto clean food? [E]
Does the Elapsed Time of Crushed Garlic Have an Effect on Bacterial Inhibition? [E]
Observe whether or not multiple biotypes of Commensal E. coli thrive within the intestine simultaneously and occupy the human intestine over time. [E]
Chemistry
Determine which liquid will cause rust to develop more quickly and heavily.
Build a device to measure the intensity and duration of light produced by glow sticks and other glow-in-the-dark materials. [E]
The Effect of Time and Temperature on the Strength of a Seal on a Plastic Packaging Bag [E]
Determine which fireplace fuels work most efficiantly to heat a room for the least amount of time, energy, and money. [E]
Determine which fireplace fuels work most efficiantly to heat a room for the least amount of time, energy, and money. [E]
The Effect of Candle Wax Hardness on the Burning Time of a Candle [P]
How will the size of a closed jar affect the burning time of a candle? [E]
Assess the amount of energy created in a chemical reaction using handwarmers that last for different durations of time. [E] [E]
Investigate how various colored surfaces heat up in the sunlight during the day and how they cool at night. [E]
Mathematics & Software
Have popular books changed to use simpler language over the past century? [E]
Predict the ability of brute force password decryptors to decode passwords, then compare the predicted decoding times with experimental results. [E]
Write a JavaScript Sudoku Corrector program and test how quickly it works on Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, PCs, and laptops. [E]
How does travel time vary between different segments of a route? [E]
Compare the running times of sorting algorithms based on the operating system. [E]
Environmental Sciences
Does time affect how much E. coli is spread by a fly? [P]
Does precipitation in your area contain acidic emissions from power plants, industries or vehicle emissions? Does the acidity of the precipitation change during the year? [E]
Find how bad the air quality is for the cities: Orange, Anaheim Hills, Anaheim, Fullerton, Villa Park. Find the average for each city and compare it against the national average.Find if air quality changes from day to day. [E]
Determine the effect of acid rain exposure time and pH levels on animals (daphnia). [P] [P]
Earth Sciences
Determine if barometric pressure and the jet stream have a predictable relationship and use that relationship to assist in forecasting wet or dry weather for the following day. [E]
Model a geyser and determine the effect that depth has on timing of geyser eruption. [E]
Find out if rocks are affected over time by varying levels of salinity as reflected in a freshwater environment. [E]
Measure the amount of time that different tidal zones (high, middle, and low) spend out of the water during one tidal cycle. [E]
Use archived, online seismometer data from the Berkeley Digital Seismic Network to create your own seismograms in order to measure how fast seismic waves from distant earthquakes travel through the Earth's crust. [E]
The Location of earthquakes (epicenters) by using the time differential for P and S waves [E]
Solar & Renewable Energy
Charge a supercapacitor with a solar panel, then measure how the charging time affects how long the supercapacitor can power a car's electric motor. [E]
Compare the burning time, heat output and carbon dioxide emission of ethanol, gasoline and diesel. [E]
Can algae be cultured to produce a bio-diesel fuel? Compare its characteristics as burn time and temperature to regular #2 diesel fuel? [E]
Prove that when looking at the power available in a wave, the height of the wave has a greater contribution than the period of the wave. [E]
At what time of day is there enough wind to make electricity where you live? (look at the bottom of the page) [E]
Determine which fireplace fuels work most efficiantly to heat a room for the least amount of time, energy, and money. [E]
Comparing Wood Pellets for Heat Output and Burn Time [P]
How Adding Solar Panels Affects the Running Time and Distance Traveled by an Electric Go-kart [E]
Biochemistry
Swine Flu Pandemic: Was the Fear Real? Development of a Real-Time PCR Assay to Detect the 2009 Influenza A (H1N1) Virus [E] [E]
Which Method is more effective for PCR? Conventional PCR versus real time PCR in detecting DNA [P]
Ecology
Determine if wildland fire would cause invasive species to flourish during the first few years after the fire due to the lack of competition and an abundance of nutrients, though over time the burned areas would return to their original state, with native plants taking over and replacing non-natives. [E] [E]
Field and GPS mapping of non-native smooth brome and creeping thistle over a three-year period documented the invasive nature of these alien plant species in a natural area park in northwest Calgary, Alberta. [P]
Determine if wildland fire would cause invasive species to flourish during the first few years after the fire due to the lack of competition and an abundance of nutrients, though over time the burned areas would return to their original state, with native plants taking over and replacing non-natives. [E]
Food Science
Find out if the "5 Second Rule" of picking up a piece of food that has dropped on the floor within 5 second eliminates the possibility of germs on that piece of food. [P] [P]
Determine how cooking time affects the ability of the natural pectin in cranberry sauce to form a solid gelatin. [E]
Determine how brewing time affects the strength of tea, using a simple homemade electronic device that measures light absorption. [E]
See how much weight I can lose in one week by altering my eating habits to healthier ones. [E]
Find out if letting cookie dough sit in the refrigerator for 48 hours before baking it makes cookies taste better. [E]
Determine which type of container will keep a banana freshest the longest. [E]
Test a piece of ham that falls on the counter and ground for 10, 5, and 1 seconds and see if it really will be clean enough to eat or if it will be crawling with germs. [E]
Why does organic milk last so much longer than regular milk? [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]
Sports
Will There Be an Increase in a Soccer Player's Calf Size and Kicking Distance after 8 Weeks of Training? [E]
How do sports drinks affect reaction time? [P]
Determine whether athletes have faster heart rate recovery times than non-athletes. [E]
Electronics & Computers
P=Project   E=Experiment   C=Circuit
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]
Autonomous Robotic Vehicle: Saving Lives, Preventing Accidents One at a Time [E]
Garden Sprinkler and Drip Timer Project [C]
Determine how the output of an LED flashlight changes over time as its temperature increases. [E]
The Effect of Run Time on the Electrical Resistance of an Alternating Current (AC) Carbon Arc [E]
How long would it take for a semiconductor device to reach a dangerously high temperature of 200C when soldered into a circuit? [E]
Compare how long it takes to perform various mathematical operations with different variable types. [E]
Investigate the effects of timing interval and step size on perceived animation smoothness. [E]
Clocks, Timers & Counters
Forensic Science
Determine whether or not memories change over time, leading to wrongful convictions. [P]
Maggot Mass Temperature and ADH (Accumulated Degree Hours) [E] [E]
Physics
Physics
Behavioral Sciences / Psychology
Psychology & Behavioral Sciences
Medicine
Reaction Time and Reflexes
Future Science
The Scent Clock uses aromatherapy to help the body get better rest and wake up in the morning. (K-3). [P]
Save people from going a long period of time without power. [P]
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