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Feet :: A Smelly Science Fair Project

Can you tell a person’s gender by looking at their bare feet? You may think it's obvious, but surprisingly, it isn’t. This district-winning school science fair project is super fun…that is, if you’re not afraid of feet (honestly, it’s a real fear!).

Step 1: Create a Hypothesis

The purpose of this project is to determine whether you can recognize a person’s gender by looking at pictures of their bare feet[/kwlink]. Based on this, you need to create a hypothesis (or prediction). For example, you may predict that…

  • the older the person, the easier it is to identify their gender by looking at their feet
  • female feet are easier to identify than male feet
  • male feet are easier to identify than female feet

Those are three options for a hypothesis. But the choice is up to you.

Step 2: Gather Your Materials

For this project, you’ll need the following:

  • 20 volunteers who will let you take pictures of their feet
  • Camera
  • Black poster board
  • Post-it notes
  • Felt pen
  • Survey chart to record your data
  • 50 people to survey

Step 3: Follow the Procedure

  1. First, you need to find 20 volunteers who will let you take a picture of their bare feet. You’ll need 10 males[/kwlink] and 10 females ranging from ages 7 to 14, as well as two teenagers and two adults. Make sure you have one male and one female from each age group.

  2. Ask each volunteer to stand on a sheet of black poster board to make the pictures consistent. Place a numbered Post-it note in front of their feet so you can keep track of which feet belong to which age and gender. Then take the pictures. (Make sure no one is wearing anklets, toe rings or nail polish).

  3. After you develop the film, find 50 volunteers to survey. Show them each photograph and ask them to guess whether the feet belong to a male or female. Record their answers on a chart. For each picture, keep track of how many people guessed right, and how many guessed wrong.

Step 4: Gather Your Results

Once you complete the survey, you can compare your results to your hypothesis. Did most people guess the right gender when the feet belonged to someone older? Were female feet easier to identify? How about males? Remember, it’s okay if your hypothesis turns out to be wrong. After all, if we knew the answers, we wouldn’t need to experiment.


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Do Your Feet Stink?

  • Yeah, they stink. I admit it.
  • Only if I don't wash them for a week.
  • My feet never smell bad.
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Nandez
Nandez posted in Say Anything:
thanks for posting this Kristen. I think that it is a tough subject to talk about with other people and honestly I think it's good to talk about it in a moderate amount. Now that more pepole are being diagnosed with learning differences or some sort of other mental health disorder, I think that talking about it and informing people will only make it easier for people to feel less awkward or the odd man out. That's how I found about that I am not the only person in the room who has ADD. I'm more willing to come out and talk to people and discribe what I have to go through on a daily basis to raise awareness. School will always be hard for me so I look at my strengths to help push me forward in life. 
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AlphaT
AlphaT posted in Say Anything:
Oh wow, a genuine trigger warning. Did the memes teach you nothing?  First off, an actual warning. Take no action based on what you've read here without first consulting a mental health professional.  Now, I have a lot of experience in mental illness. I have ADHD(Pre-DSMV), an anxiety disorder, and I've tested significant for bipolar (Pre-DSMV).  My best advise is to find a therapist that you personally connect with. It's not about being comfortable, because a good therapist will challenge your thoughts, but you need to be able to accept those challenges. And to do that, you'll need a therapist that you mesh with.  Aside from that, good medication can go a long way to helping you live with your mental issues. However, this isn't true for everyone, and it should be handled by a medical professional. 
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AlphaT
AlphaT posted in Say Anything:
I mean, it's a problem, but it's a problem that most all hormonal teens go through. 
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jordand08
jordand08 posted in Say Anything:
Yes, there's so many things I wish I was told that I wasn't.
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Kirsteeeeen
This is great, Kris! Loved it.  Thank you :) It's one of those things I wish someone had said to me in the past, y'know?
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