SEE A NEED,
FILL A NEED
SEFH SEMINAR PRESENTATION POWERPOINT 2019
SEFH SEMINAR PRESENTATION POWERPOINT 2020
Ideas come from going just beyond what is known. This means that you need to know what is known. Ask a question and research what is known about that topic!
Not many of us get the luxury of having a research question just pop into our heads seemingly from out of nowhere. It may take a lot of reading current events, watching documentaries, or listening to podcasts to get the creative juices flowing.
Look around you, who or what has a problem that you can help fix? How can you make a difference?
Learn all that you can about what research is going on in the field that you are interested in, then take that knowledge slightly beyond with your project.
- Your project will need to be UNIQUE! The way to come up with a project that has not already been done is to do your RESEARCH!
- What are you interested in? oceans
- Okay, what about oceans; fish, reefs, mammals, etc? sharks
- Good, now research what has been learned about sharks and narrow down what you are interested in about them.
- Then find out what has been researched on about that.
- You will find a gap in the research and then you fill that gap with your research!!
This sounds time consuming, but research is not simple or immediate! If it were, we would have all the answers already.
You do not have to have access to a state-of-the-art lab, many things can be experimented on at your own home or discoveries can be made using data collected by other sources. There is so much out there, you only need to look for it.
Recent Article on What's Trending in Science Fair Projects
The following are links that may help inspire you, look through them and keep in mind that you would want a project that could help improve something in our world.
- Data Nuggets
-CDC Science Links- (Scroll to the Science block at the bottom of the page)
- CDC Data and Statistics
-U.S. National Library of Medicine Databases
- Links to build an idea from ISEF
- Links to build an idea from SEFH
- Society for Science in the Public Blog
-Science News webpage
- Science New for Students
-BIOMIMICRY article (here is another on Bio Bots)
-Sampling Data website
-There is an Android app called "Science Journal" that would give you some great data collection methods.
- Another great way to come up with an idea is to listen and read about science and start wondering what if...
Here is a great collection of Science Friday educate podcasts in which I am sure you will find something that interests you.
Other great podcasts include: Science Friday, The Hidden Brain, TED Radio Hour, RadioLab, BBC Discovery, and Joe's Big Idea.