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Welcome to Science Fair Projects

Hey, teachers and students! Here is an opportunity to have your name in lights on the Internet! It is really very simple. All you need to do is send your ideas for science fair activities that relate to topics that are covered on the S/MORE site. This service has been discontinued.

Received September 10, l996 from West Middle School, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    What would happen if someone with a disability like mine (Cerebral Palsy) was on MIR? Would motor skills improve in microgravity? Would my limp decrease. Would my handwriting improve? These questions could be put together as a science fair project that asks questions for others to think about. Submitted by: Matthew Schell

    The Russians use a Soyuz rocket to get aboard MIR. We use the shuttle. A good science project could display models of both launch vehicles with descriptions of both and advantages and disadvantages for both types of vehicles. Submitted by: Rachel Keyser

    If beetles and wheat were put inside of an airtight container and were then placed into a simulated WETF like an aquarium, I think that this project would show how animals and plants can create a balanced system of life like on MIR. It would be neat to see the beetles and the wheat in the middle of the water inside the aquarium. Submitted by: Bryce Erickson

    Have a student build a model of MIR using two-liter pop bottles and other plastic containers. In one module have beetles and in another module have wheat plants growing. This could be a simple simulation of experiment done on MIR. Submitted by Ranganath Weiner, 6th grade teacher West Middle School Colorado Springs.

Things to consider before you post: Please remember when your address is on the Internet you are open to responses from anyone who wishes. You will need to use good judgement when receiving and answering email from someone you don't know. A couple of guidelines which can make this a truly worthwhile experience:

    Avoid giving your address, telephone, school location, or any information that could lead to an unwanted contact.

    Be courteous when you respond to email. Remember, there is a person who will be receiving your mail.

    If you have any question about what you read or if anything you receive is inappropriate or makes you feel uncomfortable, please report promptly to your teacher, parent and please let me know as well.

During the course of this project, I would like to hear from you as to how the experience as a Science Fair submitter is going.

A note to teachers: Whenever a student uses the Internet, it is important that they are aware of some guidelines for "acceptable use." In the event that you should need some help in formulating your policy, there are lists online of existing policies which can help.


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