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Science Fair for Mere Mortals

After judging the science fair last week, I would like to revisit my tips for you the science fair participant. Warning number 1 Some of the things I say here might go against what your teacher has told you. I am not sure what you should do in this case. Your teacher gives you a…

RP 8: The price of a piece of LEGO

This idea comes from my friend Thomas. His son is like mine in that they both think LEGO are awesome, and they are correct. For some reason, Thomas decided to calculate the price per piece of LEGO in each set. To promote repeatability, I decided to do this also. Looking at the catalog at LEGO.com,…

I just got back from judging elementary level science fair (this is like kids in 6th grade or something). Here are some quick notes in no particular order. Please, please do not have a 20 item list of supplies that you used on your board including things like thumb tacks, tape, paper and poster board.…

Previously, I talked about science fairs. One of the problems is that students don’t really have a good understanding of data analysis. For me, statistical analysis is just something to do with data. It isn’t absolutely true. So, it doesn’t really matter that students use sophisticated tests on their data. The important point is they…

Thoughts on school science fairs

Last friday I volunteered as a science fair judge. It took half a day, but I did get free food and tons of things to blog about. There are so many things to say about science fairs that I don’t really know where to begin. I actually might not even address all the issues. Here…