Science Students
   Those who never make mistakes,

Never do anything well.       

Both as a student and as a teacher, I have considerable experience with science reports and projects.  Hopefully these hints, helps, and suggestions will make your learning experience more satisfying with less anxiety.  (Most of these principles work for other subjects as well as science.)

[Doing a science project]

Almost always the hardest part about a project or report is selecting the subject or topic.  Here are some possible subjects, and some to be avoided.  Also, here are some rules of thumb for selecting the right subject for you.

[Selecting a subject for a project]

[Projects related to fossils]

[Projects related to plants]

[Projects related to crystals]

People have a tendency to assume that whatever is printed in a book must be true.  It is important to check information against that from other sources, and see how it connects with what we think we know.  To illustrate the principle, here are some things you may find in your school books which are not true.

[Modern myths]

Because of the Internet, it is now possible for students (or anyone else) to get raw data direct from remote sensors.  Satellite images of Earth for studying weather in near real time.  Earthquake data in real time for some areas, near real time for the rest of the world.  Live camera views of major volcanoes.  Live telescope views of Sun.  And much more raw data, in the form that professional scientists get it.

[Sources of raw data]

And much more to come as I get it prepared.

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