Question Sheet: Toxic Dirt + Avian Flu = Science Fair Success
- How do you think winning a science fair would change your life?
- Do you think all kids should have to participate in science fairs? Why or
- How did Nolan come up with the ideas for his winning science fair projects?
- What did he learn from doing his projects?
- How did Nolan check for arsenic around his school?
- Why does Nolan say that his arsenic project touched on “a controversial
- What was Nolan’ s favorite part of the Discovery Channel Young Scientist
Challenge (DCYSC) last year?
- What steps did Nolan take to design a computer program that simulated the
spread of avian flu?
- Who is most at risk for the avian flu, according to Nolan’ s results?
- How were Nolan’ s two science fair projects similar and different? To
compare them, draw two large, intersecting circles with enough overlapping space between them in which to write (This is called a Venn diagram. For an example, see www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/actbank/tvenn.htm). In the
overlapping space, write down the similarities between projects. In each circle’
s unshared space, write about what makes each project unique.
- Nolan obviously loves science. Find two quotes in the article that
illustrate this passion.
- Was Nolan’ s first science fair project better than his second? Explain your
- Explain what Nolan means when he says, “The interdisciplinary approach to
science fascinates me.” (Hint: Interdisciplinary refers to the combination of
more than one branch of knowledge, such as computer science, medicine, and
history). Do you think you learn this way in school? Give a specific example to
support your position.
- How has Nolan’ s project changed your way of thinking about your own science
- How did local environmental issues affect Nolan’ s science fair projects?
- What are the important environmental issues in your area?
- Why is being a good writer important to science fair success?
- What resources could Nolan have used to learn more about his project? Using
the library or the Internet, come up with two possible books or articles that he
might have found useful for each project.
The more conditions (such as age and number of daily interactions) involved in a computer program, the more time the program needs to run. If it takes 25 hours for a program to consider 6 conditions, and each condition consumes the same amount of time, how much time does it take to consider each condition? How long would it take to consider 10 conditions? How about 17 conditions?