For the past several months, we notice that our guestbook has been receiving several requests for investigatory projects in science (physics, chemistry, biology, etc). Some are asking only for ideas, while others simply want everything be done for them (abstract, methodology, etc). In lieu with this, we are issuing this advisory to all our visitors especially to the very eager young Filipino high school students out there.
The truth is, the Internet is NOT the right place to look for an idea of an investigatory project. You will just be wasting your time surfing from one website to another and find nothing will help you. It is not only a waste of time; it is also a waste of money especially for those who are paying internet access. The ideas that you are looking for are in YOU and you don’t need the internet to obtain these ideas! You only have to look around you. Investigatory projects are designed to help students THINK, become observant of their surrounding, look for peculiarities, problems, and issues and use their acquired knowledge in school to investigate if not to solve these problems. In the process, the students learn more. With their newly acquired knowledge, they can now solve more complicated problems. And the cycle goes on. Below are few pointers that we hope will help you in your search for an idea of an investigatory project in science.
1) Look around you. Observe. Start from your home, on your way to school, while at school, inside your classroom. Notice the uncommon, things that need improvements, or things that are missing. What are the problems, what can be done, how can you improve things, and how can you apply your acquired knowledge to solve these problems?
2) Use your creativity. You don’t have to build a solar-powered car. This is still beyond you. But harnessing the wind energy during typhoons (we have a lot of them) is closer to home and has practical applications. Instead of constantly...