Great student darwinism story courtesy of my brother, who teaches high school science
Long story short, students had around six weeks to do a major science project of their own choosing (with some general guidelines). One student selected a project which would involve growing plants in various conditions and recording how the conditions changed the growth.
1) She came to my brother three days before the project was due
(so 5.5 weeks into it) asking his advice on how she should set up the plants to make them grow best. Um, shouldn't you have done that more than a month ago?
2) She turned in a paper claiming that she had, indeed, done this project - presumably including time-traveling a month into the past to set up the plant-growing part - and her results came out in an absolutely perfect graph.
3) This perfect graph incidentally came straight from the Wikipedia page on her topic, as did a large portion of the text.
4) When she was called in for a meeting with my brother and the principal, she tried to backpedal: "Oh, THAT part was from the internet, but the pictures were all mine!"
5) Except they weren't, and my brother had the Google-Fu to prove it with a quick search of Google images. "Oh, well those were from the internet too, but that was only because I couldn't get the plants to grow enough in three days to get a result!" :headdesk:
I asked my brother if she got a zero, but she actually got a 16 - the in-class presentation was worth 20 points, and she DID do that part, so she got the 16/20 for presenting. Which made it a 16 out of 100 for the whole project. Incidentally, she's been caught plagiarizing in other classes as well, so there's a good chance she won't be at this particular (private) school next year.