Just in case some of you are planning to complete a science project for my upcoming mandatory assignment, allow me to steer you in the proper direction before you go careening down a one-way street with no outlet. The following topics of investigation are not appropriate. Don't bother to research them and ask for approval. Denied!
* shooting guns of any kind at any target
* building any type of incendiary device
* lighting different flammable fluids on fire to see which burn the hottest
* feeding mice a diet of only Cheetos to see what effect it has on their health
* giving mice any type of supplement such as an energy drink to see what effect it has on their health
* making your own cough medicine to compare it with store-bought cough medicine in the effectiveness of relieving a cough in your little sister
* testing your pets for a reaction to stimuli
Yes, I have learned from experience. Unless I specify, the assignment can spiral out of control. The cough medicine lass could not understand why it was not ethical to mix various elixirs and herbs and offer them to her sibling.
The pet-stimuli investigation was actually listed on a website that we use to get project ideas. If I remember correctly, it involved touching various domesticated animals with a feather, or blowing a burst of air through a straw. I recall nothing about jabbing them with a Bic pen. Which was also not listed in the procedure that I approved before the actual experiment. Imagine my shock during the presentation when the young scientist reported that: "I poked my cat with the ink pen, and she scratched me and ran off. I poked my dog with the ink pen, and he bit me." Ahem. I most certainly did not approve that procedure. Luckily, the cap was left on the Bic.
I think, perhaps, the young experimenter learned a lesson about stimulus/response. I know that I did.