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What did you do for your school science fair project?

Asked at Borders, 700 N.H. on March 9, 2005

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Photo of Micah Hawkinson

“I think mine was regarding evaporation and condensation. It was a very popular project.”

Photo of Darcy Austin

“I built a toothpick bridge for an engineering fair once, and I got second place.”

Photo of Marcus Johnson

“I built a solar-powered car.”

Photo of Rebecca Foster

“I did an experiment on whether salt water freezes faster than tap water. I don’t remember the result, but I got a bad grade on it.”


simple_simon 10 years, 8 months ago

Well, Micah, I guess that explains how you became quite the ladies man, huh?!

I mean, let's face it, women get turned on by men who know their stuff about evaporation and condensation!! Unfortunately for me, I discovered that fact just a little too late!

(Dang it! I knew I was wasting my time with that silly ant farm project!!)

tell_it_like_it_is 10 years, 8 months ago

Consumer 1 thats to bad your daughter had that bad experience. My question is what the heck was wrong with those judges? Surely they could tell the projects where made by the parents?

Carmenilla 10 years, 8 months ago

I remember that my project was on black holes (I made a totally awesome styrofoam model!).

As far as cheating goes, that is not a new thing. Parents were doing it 20 years ago, when I was a kid. Some parents just can't let their kid "fail". Although as I see it, your kid is failing because you won't even let them try to succeed on their own. What a shame!

Swamphawk 10 years, 8 months ago

O_Bob - How do you get an F on a great project like that?

I did a demonstration on Muscle Wire and its potential uses. I also did a groundwater pollution and filtering demonstration. I didn't get to compete until High School though.

Redneckgal 10 years, 8 months ago

consumer 1 its heart breaking to have your kid go through something like that. Probably worse for mom and dad then the kids sometimes. Schools should have a new rule if they can tell its made by an adult out it goes.

ladysilk 10 years, 8 months ago

consumer1, I had the same experience with my kid in the science fair. She has never entered again. She worked so hard and did not win anything. Her project was the study of the eye. She even had a real cow eye on ice. She did her poster by herself so it looked like the work of a 7 year old. She learned so much about the eye and was so proud and then we took it to the fair grounds and she saw the other projects and she just cried and cried.

tell_it_like_it_is 10 years, 8 months ago

Maybe schools should have an adult science fair to run concurently with the kids? Maybe the adults could get the "show off" out of their system? Seriously I can't believe schools let this sort of thing go on. Its a shame.

LJWORLD9999 10 years, 8 months ago

Actually, Consumer1, the Weststar exec who bilked millions from the public did not "cheat" on his Science Fair Project. It is more probable his parents failed to show him what it takes to make an "excellent" anything. Does a child learn more from spending hours and hours of doing the work alone with little guidence or is it better to show him the various methods and possibilities to make a quality project?

Redneckgal 10 years, 8 months ago

LJworld... there is big difference between a little guidence and help and actually doing a project for your kid. As for the weststar exec hell his folks probably hired someone to do it for him.

Redneckgal 10 years, 8 months ago

consumer 1 thats so cool. My 15 year old son wants to go to Wyo Tech too. My 18 year old daughter considered it for a little while and then decided try her hand at some office work and see how she likes that. More power to your daughter! I hope she likes it!

grilled_cheese 10 years, 8 months ago

I'm actually going to go judge the science fair this evening. I'm very curious as to what I will see, and how I will be swayed in my judging.

Anyway, I built a mini-dishwasher for my project in the sixth grade. It was awful, but I still got a good grade.

I helped my sister with her project a few years back. It was very hard not to try to hold her hand and fix things and she put them on tilted or left glue finger prints right in the middle. But, in the end, I never crossed the line of doing it for her, even though she whined for me to do it. I think that was the weirdest part, she just assumed someone would do it for her if she whined and procrastinated enough.

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