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5 Top tips from:
Sarah Sexton, head of stem programs Intel Ireland

1.  Coming up with your idea – give yourself plenty of time to think about the idea for your science project and try to be as creative and imaginative with your idea as possible! Think about the world around you and questions you might have or problems that you come across every day. If you can, use a brainstorming process to put forward many ideas to be considered before choosing the one to work on. Remember, sometimes the simplest ideas make excellent projects.

2.  Developing your idea – get out there and try things! Experiment, ask questions, take samples, do tests – real discovery happens when you are trying things for yourself. Try to not to just rely on the internet to find information or to do your research.

3.  The project book – review the guidelines for the book and make yours are neat, clear and easy to follow as possible. Try to have the same format and style carry throughout and be careful not to just print information from the internet and add to your book. If you can, think about using diagrams, tables, graphs, images and don’t worry about the amount of text or writing that you have in the book – the most important thing is that it is clear and easy for the judge to follow.

4. Visual Display – the visual display is the chance for you to share you project with just a glance! Be sure to think about how to make it bright, clear, neat, easy to read - include pictures, graphs etc. – the visual display should really capture the most important points of your project in summary form. Remember, your display is not just your poster, you might have an experiment or a model to showcase or perhaps some props or other visual aids that help you explain your work.

5.  Making your presentation – it’s important to think about how you are going to explain your project. If you are working in a team, think about how you will share different sections of the work between each member so that everyone gets a chance to participate. You don’t need to tell the judge everything so remember to summarize your project and really focus on the key results or key things you learned. Allow time for questions from the judge and try to not read directly from your project book.

Past Projects

Below is an example of a project carried out by a group students:

 

Project abstract – Do birds see in color?

“Our project sought to examine whether or not birds can see in color and have a preference for color - we measured out 5 equal bird feed samples, molding each into an equal sized ball shape and then we dyed 4 of the 5 samples into different colors being blue, red, green and yellow. The 5th sample remained neutral (not colored). We then left the bird feed in a location in our garden in order to carry out our experiment.

 Over the next number of days we visited the test site and in order to determine how much feed had been taken by the birds we weighed each sample and took a record of its weight. We made sure to visit the site at the same time each day and to use a log book to record our data each day.

At the conclusion of our testing we were able to determine that the birds had taken the feed in equal amounts regardless of the color and therefore we conclude that birds do not see in color or have a color preference.”

 

Take a look at this list of past project titles which might guide and inspire your projects!

     

The Process of Making Paper

The Human Head and its amazing Facts

Explosions

Power and Solar Energy

Get Fishy

Sliotar to Science

Who Did It?

Vroom Vroom

The Sun

The Raving Robin & The Cocky Crow, A Bird Study

Buzz

Paper Glider

Sight and Taste

The Water Clock

Where we live!

Gaileleo

Global Warming and Electricity

Road Rippers – Remote Control Car

Chilling Experiments on Heat Loss

Land Yachts

How do aeroplanes work

Revealing Remotes

Surface Tension Experiments

How land Yachts work

Wind Turbines

Forces and Gravity

I believe I can Fly

The Rocket

The egg cracker

Newton new, and now we do!

Genes and DNA

The Syhon

Heating it up with Celcius

Are You Sure Of What You See?

Eyesight

Volta’s Battery Bonanza

CSI: Fingerprinting

Pumping Marshmallows

Science Mania

Scuba Diving

Cell Phones

Passionate about Science

Stop Pollution, Think of  a Solution

How Weather Affects a Ball

Electrotechs

The Bright Sparks

Sneezing

Which dissolves better in water:salt, flour or baking soda

The Rainbow Spinners

The Lungs

How air is changed by breathing

The Digestive System

How Fire is Formed

How much oxygen is in the air

Does sound travel through wool, thread, string?

How humans breath

How a camera works

Why is the sky blue?

Are fizzy drinks harmful to your teeth?

Which kitchen towel is the most absorbent?

What colour is cochineal?

How a periscope works

How a water filter works

How does a doorbell work

The fantastic facts of paper

The magnificent Marvellous moon

Marvellous Mold

The terrific Thermometer

The curious compass

All about wonderful windy windmills

Phones, the old and new

Alexander Graham Bell and the telephone

Air v’s water

Are Gerbils smarter than you think

The Lighthouse

The Red Switch Motor

Unknown at the moment

Bridges and how they work

The water trick

Germs and Bacteria

Computers

Uisce agus cad

Radaracht

Blasoga Iontach

Tintreach Splead

Trath na gCeist leictreach

Scairdean Uisce

Liathroidi Custard

Cumhacht na Greine

An fuaran dathuil

Toirse

Teagmhail agus Ias

Bord Torthai Leictreanach

Teas

Clones, DNA, Geineanna

Fiacla

Video resources

Timahoe National School (Co. Laois) teacher, Martina Mulhall talks about her experience of the Intel Mini Scientist and offers some advice to other teachers taking part.