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Unexplored science topics?

What science topics remain to be explored, that an amateur scientist could do research/experiments and be the first person to look at it? [more inside]
posted by lemonade on Mar 30, 2015 - 7 answers

Let's all be scientists!

Throwing away all the political and financial pressure that dilutes and warps science, if one wants to engage in scientific inquiry and be productive and contribute in some small way to humanity's scientific understanding of the cosmos, how does one go about things? Can we boil things down to simple generalized steps -- brief enough to put on a wall plaque -- starting with the evaluation of an experimental idea (is it a "good" experiment?) all the way through to publishing one's reproducible results? [more inside]
posted by strangeguitars on Aug 11, 2014 - 18 answers

Help us with a good title and decor for 4th grade science fair project

We can't figure out a good title for my daughter's Science Fair Project. The school wants the 4th grade children to basically do the whole project at home with guidance from the parents. My daughter's experiment is on why apples turn brown and she is learning about why the lemon juice worked (learning about acids and bases, etc.) The poster board we will use will have a title on it. The teacher wants us to think of a good title, and it does not necessarily have to be the question, "Why do apples turn brown". It can be a clever, or interesting title that goes with the experiment. At first we thought about, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." But then we thought it was too long, and it also might be presumed that her project is about apples and how they are healthy. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Apr 24, 2014 - 20 answers

Help me amaze first graders with a story & demo about states of matter!

My daughter is in first grade, and her class is studying solids, liquids, and gases. I want to come in and do some related fun science demo to engage and amuse them. Bonus points if I can somehow tie it into a short children's book, so I can read the book first and then conduct a themed experiment based on the story. They have likely seen some of the basic common science demonstrations, but I am open to anything if it works with a story. It also needs to be educational, safe and relatively inexpensive (Under $50 or so, so dry ice is fine, gallium spoons not so much). I work at a research university, but on the social science side, but can probably hit up medical researchers for equipment, if it would help. Any ideas are appreciated, especially with suggestions for books as well!
posted by blahblahblah on Feb 16, 2014 - 15 answers

Science Demonstrations for 5-12 Year Olds

Do you have any ideas or resources on creating exciting and interesting science demonstrations for kids 5-12 years old? [more inside]
posted by Jakey on Feb 19, 2013 - 22 answers

Need a good Science experiment for a Kindergarten class....

Tomorrow is our day as Mystery Scientist in my son's kindergarten class. My husband is going, he planned the experiment, bought the stuff and just informed me that it doesn't work.....Arrrrgh!!! [more inside]
posted by pearlybob on Feb 11, 2013 - 17 answers

Is it possible that a slightly rotten potato could taste far better?

I cooked some near-rotten potatoes and they offered a flavour far surpassing other potatoes. I long to taste it again. [more inside]
posted by Algebra on Jun 26, 2012 - 19 answers

Help me fix my experimental setup!

What type of pump do I need to buy to remove air from an animal cage and deliver it at a controlled rate to an experimental setup? [more inside]
posted by keelyellenmarie on Apr 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Bird Houses Aren't Real Houses

How can my kid best test an experiment regarding roofing materials and their ability to block heat? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Nov 8, 2011 - 10 answers

The science of sitting, and vice versa

I want to upgrade the chairs in my lab-- the ones that our human (well, undergrad) subjects sit in to do experiments. Priorities: stability, comfort, adjustability (with a caveat). [more inside]
posted by supercres on Oct 15, 2010 - 4 answers

Garden snail behavior-- how far and fast do they travel (etc.)?

Garden snail behavior-- how far and fast do they travel (etc.)? [more inside]
posted by pracowity on May 13, 2010 - 1 answer

How much more can we reasonably hope to learn from practical physics?

How much more can we reasonably hope to learn from practical physics? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Jan 5, 2010 - 14 answers

Help teach Boy Scouts about the scientific method.

Looking for ideas to help kids (2nd graders) learn the scientific method in a hands on way. [more inside]
posted by Doug on Sep 21, 2009 - 7 answers

Bill Nye should be a Mefite.

What are some simple experiments that help explain complicated phenomena? [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Jul 6, 2009 - 15 answers

Oh, how very random (or, how best to randomise my experiment)

Okay, here is my dilemma. I'm trying to get an experiment running in which I present a series of BMPs to my participants. After months of pain and suffering, I have finally tweaked a set of stimuli which work for me, so I'm swimming in around 3500 BMPs. But, since I can only torture my participants for an hour, I can only ask them to go through about 1200 of these BMPs, so I need some way to quickly and easily generate a selection of random BMPs from my bigger collection. [more inside]
posted by doctor.dan on Apr 16, 2009 - 19 answers

help my kid drop acid (on plants)

ScienceProjectFilter: What household chemicals can my son use to simulate acid rain for a science project? [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Nov 15, 2008 - 10 answers

How to measure the volume of gas produced?

I would like to find out how much gas I can produce by electrolysis using homemade stuff. Is there any cost efficient/accurate way to measure the quantity of gas produced? [more inside]
posted by pigelb on Jul 16, 2008 - 6 answers

What would happen if you could create a perfect two-way mirror into a sphere?

What would happen if you could create a perfect two-way mirror into a sphere? [more inside]
posted by Lownotes on Oct 30, 2007 - 12 answers

help me find an old book of science projects

Can you help me find an awesome old book of science projects. I remember many relevant details, but nothing handy like the author or title. [more inside]
posted by Good Brain on Aug 7, 2007 - 10 answers

What can I learn in 3 minutes?

I'm in the second round of interviews for this competitive science summer camp teaching position. This includes presenting a three-minute lesson on anything in particular that targets K-5 kids. My problem: I've never taught kids before, and I'm pretty sure those I'm up against have. What do you think would be a good, short demonstration that gives kids some hands-on experience and that would also blow their minds? [more inside]
posted by i8ny3x on May 15, 2007 - 15 answers

Mentos + 2 liter soda = explosion?

Why does this work? [more inside]
posted by clh on Oct 13, 2005 - 11 answers

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