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Electricity Science Fair Projects An electricity science fair project may be set up as a part of high school or college science fair or just for fun and learning. An electricity science fair project is aimed at demonstrating the major methods of generating electricity, its principles, applications and other principles such as chemical energy, electromagnetism, static electricity, resistance, etc. For organizing an electricity science fair project, the students need three things: 1. They should have extensive theoretic knowledge of the projects they are going to build. For this purpose, they may have to consult books and encyclopedias. 2. They need the guidance and assistance of their science teachers or perhaps of external knowledgeable advisors. 3. They need certain materials like convex mirrors, reflectors, concave mirrors, insulators, conductors, light bulbs, fuses, wires, on-off switches, step-down transformers, holders, mazes, circuits, electromagnets, and many more. The pieces that they need for these types of experiments are sometimes hard to come by. Nowadays, unlike years earlier, commercial ready-made kits are available that make the setting up of electricity science fair project easy. Though they cannot be used directly as project models, they can be used in specific electricity science fair projects. One can get basic or advanced kits for the projects, but remember, if it was available to you, it might be available to someone else. Duplicate experiments are not good for judges to see. Some of the examples of electricity science fair projects are listed below, but are not limited to the following ones: * Demonstrating the effects of electric fields on plants * Carrying out experimental exploration of the photoelectric effect * Carrying out experiments with electron diffraction * Building models of a simple electrostatic motor, a wooden generator, a Van de Graaf generator, a wind generator, a water turbine generator, and demonstrating their operations * Performing Faradayâ€™s "Ice Pail" experiment and explaining the mechanism of electrostatic induction * Building an electroscope and demonstrating the existence of positive and negative charges and of two kinds of materials: the insulators and the conductors * Demonstrating how lightning is produced * Demonstrating how light is faster than sound * Demonstrating the role of electricity in separating a mixture of salt, sugar and pepper * Demonstrating static electricity with the help of the jumping effect on rice flakes kept on a tabletop * Building a working model of an electric cycle, electric tricycle and an electric car and demonstrating the involved principles * Demonstrating the way a hydroelectric plant generates electricity with the help of water. None of the above-mentioned electricity science fair projects need expensive or rare materials, but instead, they simply require the relatively easily available ones. Moreover, any high school student can do most of these projects under the supervision of an elder, be it parent or a teacher. Electricity science fair projects remind us of the fact that electricity is indispensable to mankind, and can provide a good segway for the student into a high paying career in the field of electronics or electricity. Jordan Matthews is a High School Math and Science teacher who has worked as a judge and a coordinator of many science fairs. Check his Science Fair Project ideas website for some more ideas and information about science fair projects involving electricity and other styles of projects.
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