Science Fair Project Planning Packet
Items 1-4 will be submitted to me on the required due dates, note there is a range of dates turning it in early will be in your favor. Turning in any of these assignments in late will result in a reduction of grade.
Items 5- 10 will be done on your own. I will not require you to turn these assignments (5-10) until January 27, 2014. I have proposed a manageable due date schedule to help you stay on track. After Christmas vacation your final reports & the bibliography. From time to time, I will post do’s and don’t on display boards, helpful hints, etc.
I encourage you to have your parents/guardians help you but the work has to be your own. Remember, you will be required to present/explain your science experiment.
Things To Do
Choose topic and write project question turn in through EDMODO-
Get approval from me by November
Research your topic and write 5 key words and paragraph-A paragraph describing the science behind your project (see #4 below) (TURN IN HARDCOPY TO MS. BHAKTA)
Write a hypothesis. (TURN IN HARDCOPY TO MS BHAKTA)
|5.||DEC||1.)Design an experiment; list variables and write procedure. 2.)List and gather your materials 3.)Conduct experiment and record data and observations.|
|6.||DEC||Create a table, chart, or graph of the data|
|8.||1/6-11||Write and Print your science report (see below for details)|
|9.||1/6-11||Write your Bibliography – 5 minimum resources (this is on a separate page that is put at the end of your report)|
|10.||1/12-19||Make the project display|
LAST BUT NOT LEAST Allow yourself enough time to practice your oral presentation.
ALL science fair experiments are due January 27, 2014, anything turned in after the 27 will receive a 15% deduction for the entire project. If you turn it in before January 27, you will receive 5% extra credit (which is a lot).
1. Think of a Question – Your question will drive your entire project. Make sure that your question is something that can be measured and answered by following the scientific process. Your question can also be the title of your project.
2. Research Your Topic – spend some time learning more about your topic. Use reliable Internet sources, books from the library, your science book, or other resources. Not only do you want to be an expert on your topic, but you want to teach others about your topic.
3. Key Words – locate at least 5 key science words related to your topic. Your science book is an excellent place to find these. Make sure that the words you choose are directly related to your topic. Provide a definition of each key word IN YOUR OWN WORDS.
4. A paragraph describing the science behind your project – after you have completed your research give us (your audience) some background information on your topic in a complete and well-written paragraph (7-10 sentences). Give us specific, rather than general information.
5. State Your Hypothesis – Decide what you think the outcome of the project will be and make a good guess as to what you think the answer to your question will be. Also explain WHY you think that will be the outcome. Remember, it is ok if you don’t have the right answer; that is how scientists make discoveries. Make sure that your hypothesis is written in complete sentences.
6. Design Your Experiment – Clearly write out the procedure you are going to follow. Remember that your experiment needs to follow the scientific process and that you need to have one variable that you are going to change.
7. Variables – List the variables that you are going to keep the same and the one variable that you are going to change. You need to have at least one control (normal) variable and at least two to three other variables.
8. Write your procedure – Think through each step very carefully and list them in numbered order.
Variables to keep the same: ______________________________________
Variable to change (Independent Variable): ____________________________________________________
9.Gather Materials – list all the materials that you will need to complete your experiment.
Conduct experiment – when you do your experiment you need to collect data and make observations. You will complete these in your Experiment Log (do not do this in your science interactive notebook). You should always take pictures when applicable. After you have completed the experiment use your log to write down the data and observations below. In your log you will need to:
1. Collect Data – you will need to collect numerical data; that means you need to take measurements during the experiment. It can be temperature, distance, height, etc. You will analyze the data later to determine the results of your experiment.
2. Make Observations – as you conduct your experiment you will use your senses (sight, smell, touch, etc.) and write down any observations you make during the process.
Results (graph or chart) –
Determine the Results – Now it is time to review your data and observations to find out what happened. Think about the best way to show your data: bar graph, line graph, chart, etc. and then create a table or a graph using your data. Write out the results of each test in the experiment in paragraph form using complete sentences. Make sure that you include the numerical data (measurements) as well as any other important observations that you made.
Draw Conclusions – After you have determined the results it is time to decide the answer to your original question. Write your answer in a complete sentence using the question to begin your answer. You also need to tell whether your hypothesis was correct or incorrect. If it was incorrect explain why you think so. End this paragraph by saying how you could change or improve your experiment in the future.
Answer to your original question:________________________
Is your hypothesis correct or incorrect? If incorrect, why?
13. If you were to complete this experiment again, what changes would you make? How would you improve this experiment?
14. Write your report. You will be writing a detailed report on your science experiment. Include the research that backs up your project. Include all parts of your experiment. The report will be written in size 12 font, double spaced and only using the basic fonts, Arial, Times New Roman etc. if you are unsure of the font use, Times New Roman. You will be including every aspect of your project in this report. You MUST include research that supports your experiment. Do not plagiarize. Plagiarize will result in a ZERO.
16. Type out your bibliography. You are required to have current resources and must have a minimum of 5. (We will go over this in class).
17. Display board – Now that you have completed your experiment you will begin setting up your display board to communicate the results of your experiment to others. Remember, the board is graded on the information and presentation. Your display board must have ALL of the following components.
*abstract is not required
Other board guidelines:
- Font should be easy to read and at least a size of 16pt or greater.
- Information on the board has to be typed.
- No misspellings, grammatical errors
- Nothing on the display board should fall off at any point
- Neatness counts