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Elementary School - Grades 4-6
P=Project   E=Experiment
Determine whether or not a rooftop garden can help keep a building cool. [E]
Can the Color of Your House Reduce Your Energy Bill? [E]
What materials work best in a sandbag for blocking floodwaters? [P]
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Middle School - Grades 7-9
P=Project   E=Experiment
The Effect of Acid Rain on Construction Materials [E]
Determine whether straw bales are a viable alternative building material by performing a water resistance test. [E]
Determine the most functional kitchen countertop surface based on durability, stain resistance, and cost. [E]
Does the Color of Your House Affect the Temperature Inside? [E]
Out of the Three Materials, Fiber Glass, Rock Wool, or Insulation Foam, Which Works as the Best Housing Insulator? [E]
Determine which type of insulation will keep a house at room temperature during extreme weather: fiberglass, cellulose, or foam. [E]
Test the weight-bearing capacity of polystyrene structural beams with various cross-sectional geometries. [E]
Which common materials will be most effective at soundproofing? [E] [P]

The Impact of Construction Materials on the Attenuation of Sound [E]
Which Building Materials Are Most Resistant to Mold Growth? [E] [E]
Which Insulation Material Is Better for Homes and Buildings? [E] [E]
Flammability Comparison of Residential Siding Materials [E] [E]
Kitchen Surfaces: Which Is Most Durable, Granite or Marble? [E] [E]
Long and Short Wavelength Colors: Will They Balance Out Interior and Exterior Temperature and Insulation Rate? [E] [E]
The effect of temperature extremes on the tensile strength of metals (September 11!) [E] [P]
Which glued laminated timber (laminated beam - Glulam) is the strongest? [E]
Impact of Roofing Materials on an Interior Fire's Power of Destruction [E]
Insulation and Flammability Characteristics of Straw Bale, Fiberglass, and Styrofoam [E] [E]
Green Building Science Fair Projects & Experiments
Concrete Science Fair Projects & Experiments
Wood Science Fair Projects & Experiments
High School - Grades 10-12
P=Project   E=Experiment
Test Adhesion of Different Caulks to Surface [E]
Using Bacterial Biofilms to Reduce Liquefaction [E] [E]
Which new roofing material, proposed to meet the requirements of recent California legislation, reflects the most light and reaches the lowest maximum temperature? [E]
Green Building Science Fair Projects & Experiments
Concrete Science Fair Projects & Experiments
Wood Science Fair Projects & Experiments
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