[time-nuts] Anybody have suggestions for time related science fair projects?
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Fri May 11 10:07:44 EDT 2018
On 11/05/2018 07:23, jimlux wrote:
> On 5/10/18 9:55 PM, Hal Murray wrote:
>> A few months ago, I was a judge for the county level middle school
>> fair. (I'm not very good at what they wanted, but that's a different
>> What sort of interesting time related experiments can a middle school
>> geek do?
>> Borrowing serious gear may not be off scale as long as a youngster
>> can run it.
> The whole area of celestial nav is time related and uses very simple
> equipment -
> Telling time by measuring the sun in some way. Occultation of stars
> by the moon. Positions of jupiter's big 4 moons.
> Pendulum experiments. If the student has a way to change their
> altitude, can they measure changes in g. Driving a pendulum.
> Coupled resonators (spring/mass, pendulum, vibrating rods)
> Measuring the speed of light (Fizeau or Michelson method? Other ways)
> Water clock, sand hour glass, etc. Measuring performance variation
> over environmental variations.
> the trick with good science projects is finding something that's not
> just a "lab demo" - where there's some engineering component to
> figuring out how to execute the demo with unusual or improvised
> equipment, or where you're measuring something that's not been done
The advice that we got when doing a middle school science project was
that you wanted an experiment with only one variable (altitude or
temperature etc) and a measurement of a single variable (maybe over time).
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