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   Welcome to Spike's Science  Projects.

She has over 400 science projects for teachers and students to browse,  download or just read.

 In all the categories, you can try many different projects.

A Memorial to Ed Youngman, Ph.D.

The 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 and appreciated.

All 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.

I 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.

Jann McCormick
Fremont, California
July, 2000
Shalom, from Spike the Grate

Have fun!




Chemistry - Periodic Table at Chemicool


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 in 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 creating the 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. 


The research and development (R&D) department is an important part of any scientific organization or company. Finding sources of R&D funds and applying for any qualifying R&D credit is often as important as the scientific research itself.




What kinds of animals work? 

Of what possible use to us is astronomy?

How many atoms are in a pinhead?

What is an ecosystem and where is it?

How can we take a photo of gas? 

How are crystals formed?

What is the universal solvent?

What makes wind? Is it those fans on the Altamont?

What interesting stuff do we have in our refrigerators? 

What is kept in Davy Jones locker? 


How do plants migrate?

How much does a grain of rice weigh? 

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