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•     What is the best design for a bridge built of toothpicks or popsicle sticks?

•     Which bridge design supports the most weight?

•     What is the best design for a balloon-powered toy car?    

•     What is the best design for a ringer aircraft?

•     Which paper airplane will fly the farthest?

•     What is the best design for a toy car powered by a mousetrap?

•     Demonstrate the effects of aerodynamic shaping by building and testing
        several different designs of CO2 powered model cars.

•     How does weight and shape affect the rate at which an object sinks?

•     What methods can be used to protect a raw egg dropped from the roof?

•     Which glue is the strongest?

•     Research and demonstrate how a combination of heat and magnetism can be
        used to create a motor.

•     Research and demonstrate a home-made solar panel which provides hot water..

•     Which materials make the best insulators?

•     Does sand particle size affect the durability of bricks?

•     Research and demonstrate roadbuilding and blacktop paving by simulating
        the the process with a chocolate pavement.

•     How can I build a home-made thermos bottle?
        

•     How can I build a device to keep an ice cube from melting for 24 hours?

•     Can sunlight be used to cook food?  

•     How can I build a high-temperature solar furnace?

•     What is the most efficient design for a windmill?

•     How will different chlorine concentrations affect a carbon filter? 

•     Does film speed affect light tolerance?

•     Which type of barrier is most effective in reducing highway noise?

•      Design and construct a wind tunnel for testing airfoil shapes.

•      How does the angle of its blades affect the flight of a helicopter?

•      Design and construct a simple device to demonstrate hovercraft principles

•      Which material is best for constructing a hot air balloon?

•     Compare the relative efficiency of fluorescent and incandescent lighting.

•     Does outdoor landscaping affect a home's energy consumption?

•     What is the effect of dampening on a shock absorber?

•     Compare the structural strength of a geodesic dome to that of rectangular
        shapes enclosing the same area.

•     What is the strength of dome shaped eggshells as demonstrated by their
        weight bearing capacity?

•     Which brand of paper towel is the most absorbent?

•     Which brand of paper towel is the strongest?

•     Designing towers made of paper.

•     Designing towers made of pasta.

•     Building a working water clock.

•     Which laminated beam design is the strongest?

•     Which style of roof truss is the strongest?

•     Which building design is best in withstanding an earthquake?

•     Explain how images are formed  into pictures on TV screens.

•     Construct a crystal radio detector and explain its operation.

•     Demonstrate how an AM radio detector can be constructed out of scrap
        materials and explain the function of the various components.

•     Construct a flashlight made of LED's (light emitting diodes).

•     Research and demonstrate the construction and operation of a
        stereoscopic microscope.

•     Which substance is best to use in blocking floodwaters?

•     Research electromagnetically levitated train technology and then construct
        a working model.

•     Compare transmission speeds of copper wires versus fibre optic cables.

•     Can a small sensory robot be built for use on pavements and highways which
        will automatically search for and indicate when pavement or highway cracks
        of a certain size are found so they can be repaired?

•     Determine the natural resonant frequency of glassware.

•     Demonstrate voice communication on a light beam.
•     Demonstrate voice transmission by varying a laser beam's amplitude.

•     Robotics Projects (Advanced projects only for those willing to invest both
        time and money)

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