Children of every age who have to come up with an original idea for a science project typically run into the same problem every year. In fact, to them, it probably seems as if someone has built or experimented with a portion of every idea they come up with for a project. For example:
- The erupting volcano with streaming lava? It’s been done.
- Build a flying saucer that proves UFOs are possible? That’s been done too.
- Make a potato light up a light bulb? You guessed it – that’s also been done– many times, in fact.
A New Science Project Using an Old Idea
It certainly does seem like students from previous years have built – or attempted to build – every idea you’ve had for a science project, doesn’t it? You should approach the problem a bit differently in this case – have you given any thought to:
· Recreating a previously built science project
· Recreating a previously built technological device
· Inventing something to solve an everyday problem
Inventions always make great science projects, especially if the invention solves a problem that people experience every day of their lives. Solving peoples’ problems is how many inventors become famous and make money. A number of scientists have become famous by recreating others’ ideas, or improving them as well. Have you given thought to this approach?
You could always recreate the volcano, but use different chemicals to crate the smoke and lava. Alternatively, you could create a flying saucer that isn’t saucer shaped. On the other hand, have you given thought to recreating older projects? For example, what do you think about recreating Adam?
No – not the movie with the title ‘Adam,’ but the ‘Adam” laser or, more specifically, the laser that some scientists have called the “granddaddy of all science projects.” Read more »