Project Ideas from our Specialty Prize Sponsors:
From Hear PEI (for more details, click here):
- How noisy is our environment?
- Do noise levels affect the taste of food?
- Are noise levels affected by building materials and furnishings?
- Does decibel level affect blood pressure and pulse rates?
- Does perception of sound level match actual decibel level?
- Does perception of noise levels in daily situations change depending on factors such as age, sex, time of day?
- Do decibel levels change depending on force and velocity?
- Projects with native wildlife that are struggling such as salmon and many of our insectivorous and grassland birds.
- Projects on wildlife we used to have, such a caribou, lynx or bear.
- What new species have been introduced to PEI?
- What are invasive species and what impact are they having on native wildlife?
- How does climate change impact our natural environment?
- Any backyard science on neighbourhood wildlife.
- Why do trees have different shaped leaves?
- How many species can I find in a shovel full of soil in my garden?
- What happened to the foxes in Charlottetown?
- Where does all the wildlife go in the winter?
- Climate Change - with ideas to improve agriculture production from extremes such as heat/cold or drought/flood (ground cover to retain moisture in the soil)
- Environmental Sustainability – positive projects that improve soil health or reduce erosion (ground cover to protect from heavy rain)
- Natural Fertility – composting materials or use of waste materials (coffee grinds for fertility)
- Biological Controls – weed suppressions or insect controls (vinegar solutions to suppress weeds)
- Pollination – natural pollinators via different feed sources and overwintering (different flower mixtures)
- Soil management technologies - strip cropping, crop rotation, organic matter levels, no-till technologies, etc.
- Cover crops and their value with soil erosion and nutrient management in the row crop industry in particular.
- Spring versus fall plowing, alternative technologies to replace this long-standing industry practice.
- Use and proper application of mulch as a technology to reduce soil erosion.
- Cover crops as an overwintering soil management technology as well as the value of this concept in binding excess nutrients following harvest of a summer crop.
- Nutrient requirements of any cultivar - marigolds or radish, for example, are used in research projects because they respond quickly to various treatments such as nitrogen loading.
- Potato seed piece performance.
- Impact of soil organic matter on moisture retention and growth.
- Water quality in bays and estuaries and how they have been impacted by nutrient loss, discharge rates of surface waters, etc.
- Impacts of organic matter such as manure on soil health and plant growth and moisture retention.
- Genomics in the dairy industry as it relates to health management, increased efficiency in the area of productivity on a herd or individual basis, feed conversion efficiency and reduce inputs resulting lower cost of production.
- Deceasing ratios of feed resources to finished product (liters of milk, kg of beef, etc.) through the introduction of new and innovative feed treatments that may increase efficiencies and reduce greenhouse gases in the livestock industry.
- Integrated pest management to resolve both general and individual pest infestations.
- GPS technologies to increase productivity and reduce waste.
- Weather and climate change studies
- Agar showing growth from swabbing items
- Ph effecting water and growth of plants
- Effectiveness of hand sanitizer
- Quality of cleanliness of air from hand dryers in public bathrooms (spreading more germs?
- Water testing country well vs. city water
- What is in our water? Drugs, medications and how they affect our food (seafood)
Links:PEI Science Fair:
- 2014 Provincial Science Fair (YouTube video)
- Canada-Wide Science Fair
- Discovery Education - Science Fair Central
- Google Science Fair
- Science Fairs - Youth Science Canada
- University of Prince Edward Island
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