I have been involved in judging scientific projects in schools and colleges for the past three decades. During such activities, I have come across many students, who suffer with lack of understanding for doing scientific projects successfully. Hence I thought, it is useful, if a simple article is written specifically to answer most of the queries in the minds of students and hence this article. I also wish to inform the benefits of doing scientific projects, mainly for the purpose of motivating the young minds.
The main long term strategy of most of the countries around the world is to make a knowledge based society and make their people as innovative as is possible. This is because, it is possible to boost the economy and welfare of the society based on innovations. Innovation helps for sustaining the nation’s development and people’s life. Innovation will help reducing the cost of products, make better environment, reduce risks created by nature and manmade, improve health etc. People needs clean air, water and food, affordable shelter, transport and communication facilities.
Hence the first question that need to arise in the mind of a person who wish to do an innovative project is “How and what will be the outcome of the project I am doing?”. Will it reduce the cost of a product or process; will it help for improving the environment; will it help for improving the health of people; will it reduce the risk faced by the people. If you have a clear answer, then your project is worth investigating.
The next is selecting of an appropriate topic for your project work. More than 50% of your work is over, if a right project topic is selected. The following are the tips:
The next question is how to find out a suitable project topic? The tips are as follows:
The next question is how to organize and do the tasks to solve the selected problem. The tips are:
The next point is how to organize the results; prepare the report and presentation materials. The tips are:
The next is oral presentation of your study and results. The tips are:
You may also ask a question yourself: What is the benefit of doing this type of scientific projects. The answer is:
What are the areas of learning, when one completes a scientific project successfully with innovative outcomes?
These types of learning are possible and are useful for your career growth, if you do a fruitful scientific project.
I hope that this article will be of help for school and college students and teachers, researcher scholars and early stage research scientists and professionals.