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The topic for the project should be something that interests the learner and would then inspire the learner to learn more about it. Ideas for a good topic may come to mind straight away just by looking at the list of Expo categories. Ideas for projects can also be obtained from:

  • Newspaper and magazine articles
  • The Internet
  • Television programmes
  • Practical problems from your community

The idea for a project should be an original one. This means that it should be an original idea and not somebody else’s. Do not repeat an experiment from the school syllabus or choose a problem to which people already know the answer. For example, “Determining the specific heat capacity of iron” is not an original topic for an Expo project. The procedure to follow is well-known and the answer can easily be looked up in any school textbook.

The best Expo projects are not always complicated, but are imaginative and well carried out.

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A good project is often:

  • A clever solution to a problem; or
  • A new idea for a piece of apparatus; or
  • A study or survey that no-one has done before.

Be original, but DO NOT choose a project that:

  • could be dangerous to yourself or others;
  • needs any experiments on insects live animals or humans; or
  • involves collecting plants or animals that are protected by Nature Conservation laws.

If there is any doubt as to whether the chosen topic will make a suitable Expo project, a teacher should be asked for advice.

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