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PROJECTS UNLIKELY BE ACCEPTED -- AVOID!

(Even frequently done projects, assuming they have an original twist with exceptional thoroughness and solid scientific method, can have the depth needed for acceptance.)

FIRST AND FOREMOST -- ANY PROJECT IN VIOLATION OF GSDSEF, ISEF OR CALIFORNIA EDUCATION RULES AND REGULATIONS.

OTHERS:
  1. Effect of colored light on plants (or anything else)
  2. Effect of music on plants (ditto)
  3. Effect of talking on plants (ditto)
  4. Effect of cigarette smoke on plants (ditto) -- NOW FORBIDDEN
  5. Mold growth
  6. Crystal growth
  7. Effect of cola, coffee, etc. on teeth
  8. Effect of running, etc. on blood pressure
  9. Effect of music on blood pressure
  10. Effect of video games on blood pressure
  11. Effect of almost anything on blood pressure
  12. Do we eat balanced diets? (data usually unreliable)
  13. Strength/absorbency of paper towels (and other products)
  14. Most consumer product testing of the "Which is best?" type -- approach generally without scientific merit
  15. Graphology
  16. Astrology
  17. ESP, especially standard card test
  18. Basic maze running
  19. Any project which boils down to simple preference.
  20. Effect of color on memory, emotion, mood, etc.
  21. Effect of color on taste.
  22. Effect of color on strength.
  23. Optical Illusions
  24. Reaction Times
  25. Many male/female comparisons, especially if bias shows
  26. Basic planaria regrowth
  27. Detergents vs. stains
  28. Basic solar collectors
  29. Acid rain projects (Important: to be considered, thorough research into the composition of acid rain and a scientifically accurate simulation of it would be necessary.)
  30. Basic flight tests, e.g., planes, rockets
  31. Battery life (plug in and run down type)
  32. Basic popcorn volume tests
  33. Stills of any kind (PROHIBITED)
  34. Pyramid power
  35. Basic flower preservation techniques
  36. Taste comparisons, e.g., Coke vs Pepsi
  37. Smelling vanilla, etc., to improve test scores
  38. Sleep learning
  39. Taste or paw-preferences of cats, dogs, etc.
  40. Color choices of goldfish, etc.
  41. Basic chromatography
  42. Wing, fin shape comparison with mass not considered
  43. Ball bounce tests with poor measurement techniques