Science Research Training


Course Objectives

This is an introductory class on how to perform non-University affiliated research, with intention to participate in a local science fair.  The intended audience will be an enthusiastic student in 8th to 10thgrade.

In this class, every student is expected to spend ~5 hours/week working on their project.  The project will be physical-science based, and we shall use Arduino platform for data collection. Since everyone will be working on the same demo project, the results will not be eligible to be used as an actual entry to a science fair, but students will learn the necessary skills in the process. The Arduino kit and the accessories (sensors, LCD) will be provided at a cost of ~$80.

Students perform experiments on days 7-10, prepare the presentation slide during weeks 11-12, and present on the last week of the class.

7/31 to 8/12, Monday to Saturday/Sunday; 1:30-4:00pm or 6:30-9:00pm

Watch the video of the seminar “Science Fair for Middle School and High School students” on April 26, 2017

The video of Dr. Liu’s talk Learning Physics is


Day Topic
1st Brainstorming, Literature Search, Choice of Topic
2nd Acquiring Necessary Equipment, Buy or Build Decision
3rd Introduction to Arduino, Basic Electronics
4th Arduino I/O, Hardware Debouncing, LCD interfacing
5th Arduino Sensors, I2C, SPI protocol
6th Arduino Relays, SD Card Interfacing
7th Physics Background of our Class Project
8th Details of a Past Winning Project A in Physical Science
9th Details of a Past Winning Project B in Physical Science
10th Advanced Topic: IoT (Internet of Things)
11th Notebook, Data Presentation; Judging Rubric
12th 1-page Abstract, 2 Speeches
13th Individual Student Presentations


Student's sample slides

Student's sample slides

Student's example project

Student's sample project

Student's sample project

About the instructor:

廖老师是电子工程博士,师从诺贝尔物理得奖教授Prof H Kroemer。他有二十多年教学经验。他思路清晰,讲课有趣味,擅长深入浅出。
Dr. Liu graduated from UCSB with a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering under Prof H Kroemer (who won the Nobel Prize in Physics, 2000) and Hong Kong University with a BSc, also in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Liu has extensive research background in semiconductor physics, was a session chairman for various international conferences in semiconductors and Molecular Beam Epitaxy, holds 8 US patents and 2 European patents.
Dr. Liu has been tutoring and mentoring middle school and high school students in the areas of
*Algebra I and II, Geometry, Trig, Pre-Calc, AP Calculus AB and BC; AMC 8/10/12
*Physics, AP Physics 1 and 2, AP Physics C (Mechanics and E/M); F=ma and USAPhO
*Java programming, AP Computer Science A
*Science Fair
Awards his tutored students have achieved include: (1) Silver Medal Semifinalist, USA Physics Olympiad (2) Gold Division, USA Computing Olympiad (3) Qualifier, USA (Junior) Math Olympiad, American Invitational Mathematics Examination (4) Finalist, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (5) Top awards in Physical Science Category in Regional Science Fairs (Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Championship); Qualifier, California State Science Fair.

The instructor Dr. Liu’s former student has received grand prize at Synopsys science fair and was accepted by all of the top colleges he applied.

廖老师以前的学生连续四年拿到了Synopsys science fair 大奖,今年被所有申请的名校录取。