My Thoughts on the Science Fair (I didn't like it)

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Published 2016-09-27

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  • Matese 19
    You should have called your battery science fair project “A HEATED discussion on batteries”
  • Mikeyreza
    When I first watched this video, I was a resident of California. I thought "wow, I wish we could do a science fair!" I moved to Arizona in the summer of 2019, and the following school year I realized the new school I was attending had a mandatory science fair. The science fair might have been one of the worst, most tiring, most useless, and just stupidest things I've ever had to do. Pretty much every single one of my friends (including me) faked their data. Thankfully that was middle school and at my high school we have no mandatory science fair. I feel bad for everybody who has ever had to do a science fair - It really is just awful.
  • My sisters were told by their school that they had to do a science fair project that was completely unique. Like, if they googled it, and someone had already done it before, then they weren't allowed to do it. What an unrealistic expectation.
  • bruh
    i had science fair when i was in 6th, i was placed in a group forcefully and was given a topic, and we all had to demonstrate it in a very creative way.
    My group members were super lazy, wouldn't do anything, so i had to bring all the supplies and work on experiments. The result day came, to my surprise "we" got 1st price. They called all the members of the team EXCEPT MINE. it hurt so much i got very teary but held it back. i went to principles office and they told they forgot my name. bruh. and gave my certificate in the office. so yeah science fair wasn't really fair for me.
  • FireLaserCat
    Actually I watched this video 3 weeks before my science fair. I was the only one who
    1. did it all myself (no parent help)
    2. Had a classic project (don't know if that was good or not- hmm..)
    We were in a homeschool co-op thing so noone faked their data.
    I was so proud of my project-
    I got last place out of eighth.
  • Moni WHY
    I know this may not seem very related but in university when I was writing my thesis proposal, I was always coming up with hypotheses that I knew were correct. When presenting them to my coach he said "The value of science is to discover something that is not known and something that may be useful to others. It is actually better if your hypothesis is wrong, because then you have identified a gap in the literature and you get to contribute to closing this gap". I think this was a very wise advice and I wanted to share it with you.
  • WORLDWIDETJ
    James’ vids never get old for some reason to me
  • Abbey Zunic
    Back in the 7th grade we had a zoo fair project. We went to the zoo and studied an animal of our choice and had to make a board, a model of a new enclosure, a game to teach everyone about the animal and a kahoot. That was the most traumatizing school project of my life
  • smoldogo
    my class did genius hours, they weren't mandatory but it was the epitome of the science fair, you could present them and it's all the fun things about researching and asking questions and you could do it all (or at least most of it) on your computer. I remember doing one about mercury and the band green day it was super fun!
  • Daniel Curren
    I did a science fair in 5th grade. I eventually made an experiment on "which household item is the stickiest" by timing pieces of paper stuck on the wall soaked with common household items like honey, water, etc. until they all fell. It was decently fun, but coming to a reasonably doable question (we had to come up with our own) was the hardest part
  • Cristian Johnson
    I remember doing a science project involving food mold. “How long does mold take to grow ?” I was the only kid that had a unique project that was interesting and not repetitive. Yet no one came over to look and only commented how nasty the moldy food pictures where. Never again I put hard work to a stupid science project that took me hours to make sure they got moisture heat and nice foods like carrots rice and chicken. I did this in 8th grade
  • Kenadi McElroy
    Oddly enough
    I remember for one of my science fair projects back in Elementary was me trying to see which soda would rot my teeth faster. I literally took 4 of my baby teeth that fell out, put them in 4 different soda brands cups and waited 7 days to see which one would rot faster. I even had a log, where I wrote down the changes that occured each day too. Idk what was going through my mind as a 7 year old thinking of this idea, I think I just wanted to get rid of the baby teeth that I had lol. Anyway it was fun to see which soda wasn't good for my teeth in the end😂😅

    That was also the last science fair I did too 🤣
  • Nugget
    1:13
    “Apprently, it’s a very American thing, Right guys?”
    british agreeing intensifies
  • Nika Sen
    The only science fair I remember was when I was in second grade. I did one about sugar crystals and how they form when in reality, it was an excuse to make candy with my dad. I remember getting brownie points for having enough to give the class so yeahhhhh. I think I got like 2nd place in my class.
  • ClaudCopter
    The closest I ever had to a science fair was this geography fair we had to do in grade 9. I can't remember what I did mine on but when one of the judges stared at it for like 10 seconds he said "How long would you say you spent on this" so that was endearing.
  • DisneyGirl 1599
    Science fairs were the absolute stupidest thing school made us do. Then when I got to high school we had labs that we had to do every week which was basically doing an experiment with a teacher and then having to hand write 3-5 pages on loose leaf the hypothesis and other stuff then turn it in at the next lab class. And I specifically remember one year I had this class right before lunch and the teacher would constantly keep us after the bell rang because she would show up late to the class every week 😂😂
  • mcaskil
    I'm not even from the US but my whole school system is based on science fairs but it's not just science, basically we do the exact same thing as a science fair EVERY WEEK, but it's not just science, there is art, engineering, and other and we are assigned to a specific question or project, sometimes it's fun but some other times its SUCKS
  • Your Local Noob
    I can rewatch his videos any day and time and enjoy it as if I was watching it for the first time
  • My science fair almost killed me. Literally. I was in 3rd grade and I was working on my project one night when I realized that it was getting hard for me to breathe. I was rushed to the hospital and apparently almost died. Apparently, I’m allergic to the Rubber Elmer’s Glue that we were required to use for the poster board, and so yeah. I hate science fairs too James. You’re not alone.
  • EVL
    I loved doing science fairs as a kid however my first one wasn’t very good. I had transferred schools and when it was time for the science fair no one really explained it well to me so while everyone else had beautifully designed trifold boards I had a shoebox with cotton balls hanging from the top to be a “solar system”