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.
- Effect of colored light on plants (or anything else)
- Effect of music on plants (ditto)
- Effect of talking on plants (ditto)
- Effect of cigarette smoke on plants (ditto) -- NOW FORBIDDEN
- Mold growth
- Crystal growth
- Effect of cola, coffee, etc. on teeth
- Effect of running, etc. on blood pressure
- Effect of music on blood pressure
- Effect of video games on blood pressure
- Effect of almost anything on blood pressure
- Do we eat balanced diets? (data usually unreliable)
- Strength/absorbency of paper towels (and other products)
- Most consumer product testing of the "Which is best?" type -- approach
generally without scientific merit
- ESP, especially standard card test
- Basic maze running
- Any project which boils down to simple preference.
- Effect of color on memory, emotion, mood, etc.
- Effect of color on taste.
- Effect of color on strength.
- Optical Illusions
- Reaction Times
- Many male/female comparisons, especially if bias shows
- Basic planaria regrowth
- Detergents vs. stains
- Basic solar collectors
- 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.)
- Basic flight tests, e.g., planes, rockets
- Battery life (plug in and run down type)
- Basic popcorn volume tests
- Stills of any kind (PROHIBITED)
- Pyramid power
- Basic flower preservation techniques
- Taste comparisons, e.g., Coke vs Pepsi
- Smelling vanilla, etc., to improve test scores
- Sleep learning
- Taste or paw-preferences of cats, dogs, etc.
- Color choices of goldfish, etc.
- Basic chromatography
- Wing, fin shape comparison with mass not considered
- Ball bounce tests with poor measurement techniques