Did you Know?• A 12-year old’s solar cell may revolutionize the energy industry.• He developed his solar cell as part of a science fair project.• He developed a solar cell that is 3 dimensional instead of 2 dimensional and has the possibility to collect up to 500 times as much solar energy as traditional solar cells.• What important discovery will you make while completing your science fair project??
The Science of Fractals• They contain Large Degrees of self- similarity• They are closely related to computer graphics, programming, and mathematics• They can be seen in nature in clouds, lightning bolts, and snowflakes• A study of fractals would make a great science fair project!
What is the Science and Engineering Fair?• A chance to do real scientific research in a science or engineering field• A long-term commitment that will requirement you to complete the majority of the work on your own• A chance to share your project results with scientists in the field• A chance to compete in the Gwinnett Regional Science and Engineering Fair – and maybe even the State fair!
What the fair is not:• A place to present library research projects• A place to present projects that model science events like hurricanes and volcanoes• A place to complete projects based on studies that have already been completed
Your Next Steps• Start asking questions! What are you curious about? Is it something you can figure out scientifically.• What kinds of science do you like? Plants, stars, chemistry, physics?• Start researching to get ideas and see what may be a possibility for you to do a project on.
Remember -• You will be developing your project following scientific methods• Your logbook will become the MOST IMPORTANT part of your science fair project• We will have scheduled log book checks. Write everything in your logbook!