to Spike's Science Projects.
has over 400 science projects for teachers and
students to browse, download or just read.
all the categories, you can try many different projects.
A Memorial to Ed Youngman, Ph.D.
science projects on this site were written by a musician and
philosopher; not a scientist. Notes for these projects were
given to me by a Professor of Science Education at a prestigious
American university. While writing the full projects, I did
a great deal of research to make sure I said the right stuff.
The finished product was reviewed by two professional people
working in different scientific endeavors, and I was instructed
to go forward with publishing them. Here they are, and they
are donated as a service to the community of people, for the
enlightenment and enjoyment of any who care to participate.
It is hoped that my sense of fun and my humor is also enjoyed
activities within this section of my web site are to be conducted
and supervised by an adult, a parent, a professional educator,
a community leader, or volunteer educator. They are not to
be done without the supervision of an adult.
especially wish to thank my friend and mentor, Ed Youngman.
He was most helpful and encouraging throughout this writing
process. Dr. Youngman's passing has been a great loss which
has not diminished with time.
Shalom, from Spike the Grate
SCIENCE is COOL!
If necessity is the mother of invention, these guys must be orphans. Yes, those nutty Harvard professors are at it again. It's the Ig
Nobel Awards -- the annual spoof of the Nobel
Prizes -- handed out to people whose achievements
"cannot or should not be reproduced." Let's check
out this year's winners (2001)
BIOLOGY: Buck Weimer of Pueblo, Colo., for inventing Under-Ease, airtight underwear with a replaceable charcoal filter that removes bad-smelling gases before they escape.
MEDICINE: Peter Barss of McGill University, for his report "Injuries Due to Falling Coconuts," published in The Journal of Trauma.
PHYSICS: David Schmidt of the University of Massachusetts, for his
partial solution to "the question of why shower curtains billow inwards."
PSYCHOLOGY: Lawrence W. Sherman of Miami University, Ohio, for his report, "An Ecological Study of Glee in Small Groups of Preschool Children."
ASTROPHYSICS: Dr. Jack and Rexella Van Impe for
their discovery that black holes fulfill all the
technical requirements to be the location of
hell...which is probably why black holes are used
space games so often as well.
TECHNOLOGY: Australian John Keogh, for patenting the wheel in the year 2001, and to the Australian Patent Office, for granting him the patent.
PUBLIC HEALTH: Two Indian researchers, for their probing discovery that nose picking is a common activity among adolescents.
PEACE: Lithuania's Viliumas Malinauskus, for
amusement park known as "Stalin World."
LITERATURE: John Richards of Boston, England, founder of The Apostrophe Protection Society, for his efforts to protect, promote and defend the differences between plural and possessive.
ECONOMICS: Joel Slemrod of the University of Michigan Business School and Wojciech Kopczuk of University of British Columbia, for their conclusion that people should find a way to post-pone their deaths if that would qualify them for a lower rate on the inheritance tax.