Welcome to Discovery School Science Fair Headquarters!
Click to download Science Fair Packet.
Due Wed. Nov. 5th!
Here you'll find all the information you could possibly need to create a stellar Science Fair project, including models, explanations, resources, and examples to help make it as painless as possible, plus a timeline Calendar to help keep you on-track. What's required of you is your time and hard work, but this guide will make things easy, and if you closely follow each step, your project is guaranteed to succeed!
(If you get stuck or run into problems, remember you can e-mail Mr. Franklin.)
Step 1 (Friday Sept. 3rd):
Question / Problem:
Before you can start any experiment, you have to know the Question or Problem you're investigating. So the first thing to do is settle on a Project Idea or Topic. Picking your project can honestly be the hardest part! So to help you, follow the links below to take an Interest Survey that will recommend projects based on the kinds of things you like. If you already have an idea about something you'd like to test, click on the Search for Project button. When you've got at least 3 ideas - your primary choice and two back-ups - click the Submit Ideas button to fill out the Project Proposal Form. If you need any help, ask Mr. Franklin!
We've done the experiment, and now it's time to Graph and Analyze the Results! There are several excellent websites that make it super easy to graph your data:
- Create A Graph is my favorite.
- Online Chart Tool is very similar.
- MathIsFun.com lets you "draw" the graph directly.
1. Explore each of these tools and pick the one you feel most comfortable using. Then decide which type of graph you need. Bar Graph or Line Graph?
(Or, if you only have Qualitative observations but no Quantitative measurements,
use Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word to create an organized and easy-to-read data table.)
2. Use your data table and graph to analyze results and Draw a Conclusion. Your conclusion should include a sentence explaining...
"The original hypothesis was supported because [reasons and evidence drawn from data]."
~ OR ~
"The original hypothesis was not supported because [reasons and evidence drawn from data]."
Your conclusion should also discuss any problems that may have occurred, and how you can improve your experiment in the future.
3. Once you have a conclusion, you can write your abstract. An abstract is a short, simple summary of your experiment that describes the question/problem, your purpose or reason for investigating the topic, what you did to test it, your results and final conclusions. Visit Science Buddies for a description of how to write an abstract.
Check out Science Buddies if for help with any of these sections.