Measurements determine quantities. A ruler measure distance. A scale measures weight. A clock measures time. Qualitative measurements are also useful, determining intangibles like color brightness, mental health or human preferences. For qualitative measurements, the result must somehow be converted to a number, or quantity. This is often done by asking questions that begin with, “On a scale of one to ten...” This project invites you to design your own measurement system.
Devise a new measurement system.
- Computer with Internet access
- Color printer
- Digital camera
- Typical office/hobby/hardware/craft supplies (paper, poster board, glue, etc.).
- Design a new or improved measurement system.
- Demonstrate your new system by measuring something that could not previously be measured. For example, the monetary value of a “priceless” artifact.
- Include photos, diagrams, models and demonstrations in your science fair display.
Warning is hereby given that not all Project Ideas are appropriate for all individuals or in all circumstances. Implementation of any Science Project Idea should be undertaken only in appropriate settings and with appropriate parental or other supervision. Reading and following the safety precautions of all materials used in a project is the sole responsibility of each individual. For further information, consult your state’s handbook of Science Safety.