Measuring Things

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Updated on Aug 02, 2013

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.).


  1. Design a new or improved measurement system.
  2. Demonstrate your new system by measuring something that could not previously be measured. For example, the monetary value of a “priceless” artifact.
  3. Include photos, diagrams, models and demonstrations in your science fair display.
Judee Shipman is a Bay Area Educational Consultant and professional writer of quality educational materials. Her recent writing credits include (a popular and entertaining website about states), and a book called The Portable Chess Coach (Cardoza, 2006), currently available in stores.

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