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Science Fair Project


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Name: ___________________________________ Period: __________ Finished Project is Due By: November 30, 2011


SCIENCE PROJECT TITLE - _______________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________ (_________Title Accepted by Mrs. Crowell)

SCIENCE PROJECT HYPOTHESIS – IF I ______________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________

THEN __________________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________________________________________BECAUSE__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

(_________Hypothesis Accepted by Mrs. Crowell)

Science Fair Deadlines



Assignment

Due Date

Category and Question Selection Worksheet DUE and page 9 -signature page signed - LOG BOOK starts right away (see end of packet for all page directions)


Thursday

10-20-11

1st Draft Science Proposal DUE – fill in this packet’s worksheets

Tuesday

10-25-11

3 resources and 30 background Research Notes about your topic typed (summarized NOT copied and pasted) and Bibliography (draft) typed - includes SF required sites


Tuesday

11-1-11

SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT PROPOSAL-2nd part (in this packet)


Friday

11-4-11

Final Procedure-Numbered steps

Final Research Plan, & Official Paperwork Due







11-4-11

Experimentation Completed-

Minimum Trials: 5 trials minimum-10 excellent

Monday

11-14-11

Log and Data Tables-these should be kept along with experimentation


11-14-11

Graphs and analysis

11-16-11

Abstract completed on ISEF form

11-16-11


Grading Checklist

Research Plan

Possible Pts.




Science Project

Possible Pts.

Problem

25




Display Board Setup

10

Materials/Procedure

40




Purpose

10

Bibliography

35




Hypothesis

10

TOTAL POINTS

100




Materials/Procedure

20










Graphs/Data

10










Results

10

FINAL GRADE

Possible Points




Conclusions

10

Presentation

100




Application

10

Science Project

100




Abstract (on form)

10

Science Project

100




TOTAL POINTS

100

(counts 2X)




Log Book/Journal

TOTAL POINTS

100

=400

Step 1 – Choosing a Topic

  • The most difficult & important part of your project is choosing the topic. Here is a list of topics to avoid…good suggestions are on the following page.


FORBIDDEN TOPICS


  1. People – NO surveys, NO medical tests (even simple things like pulse, blood pressure,

vision tests), NO interaction whatsoever

*Exceptions –1) statistical data (census info, public records, team stats.)

2) Observation experiments - you observe people in a public place (park, mall, etc.) and track data without changing anything, interacting w/ them, or identifying them in any way.

2. Vertebrate animals

3. Mold or Bacteria

4. Fire

Bad Science Fair Topics

Topic to Avoid

Why?

Any topic that requires dangerous, hard to find, expensive, or illegal materials.


We care about your safety and your parents' pocketbook

Fake science like Astrology, ESP, Graphology or handwriting analysis

Questionable scientific validity.


Any topic that requires measurements that will be extremely difficult to make or repeat, given your equipment

Without measurement, you can't do science

Any topic that boils down to a simple preference or taste comparison. For example, "Which tastes better: Coke or Pepsi?"

Such experiments don't involve the kinds of numerical measurements we want in a science fair project. They are more of a survey than an experiment.

Most consumer product testing of the "Which is best?" type. This includes comparisons of popcorn, bubblegum, make-up, detergents, cleaning products, and paper towels.

These projects only have scientific validity if the Investigator fully understands the science behind WHY the product works and applies that understanding to the experiment. While many consumer products are easy to use, the science behind them is often at the level of a graduate student in college.

Effect of colored light on plants,

Effect of music/talking to plants,


Several people do this project at almost every science fair. You can be more creative!

Effects of watering plants with random liquids, (milk, orange juice, soda, etc.)

You may test different liquid treatments on plants, but you must have a LOGICAL reason why you think it might be effective.


Good Science Fair Topics

  • Are Interesting To You

    • If you don’t care about what you’re doing, nobody else will care either

  • Are Creative & Original

    • Try to think of an original idea…a question that you have about the world that you would like to answer.

    • If you need help, there are many books & websites with science fair project ideas…you can look at these to get the idea, but find a way to change the experiment & make it your own…take it to the next level!

  • Ask/Answer Only ONE Question

    • Your results may lead you to other questions for later experiments, but this experiment should be focused on only 1.

  • Have Experiments That Are Relatively Easy To Do

    • Keep it manageable - a simple experiment done correctly is worth more than a fancy experiment done poorly.

    • Materials & supplies should be easily found & inexpensive

  • Have Experiments With Results That Are Measurable/Graph able

  • Are Suited To Your Deadline

    • You have a limited amount of time…some experiments take a long time to perform, others can be done in a single day… keep this in mind.

    • Plants are GREAT in experiments, but they take time to grow…make sure you pick the right ones & plant them early enough.


***For help choosing a topic, go to the following website – you take a quiz about your interests & it recommends project topics

http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/pages/sciencefairzone/topics.asp


Other useful websites: http://www.all-science-fair-projects.com/


Name _________________


Category and Question Selection Worksheet:


1. Write three things you like…think about what you would like to learn more about:


__________________________________________________________________


__________________________________________________________________


__________________________________________________________________


2. Is there something you can get a lot of? (i.e., pipes, paper, skate supplies, CDs, car parts, gardening materials, etc…)


__________________________________________________________________


3. Which of the fields from the “Category Descriptions” on the NEXT PAGE interests you MOST?


__________________________________________________________________


4. Write 3 possible questions that you might explore with your project.

a) __________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________


b) __________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________


c) __________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________

Space for student/teacher chat:


Category Descriptions

You must specify one of the following categories for your project.

Behavioral and Social Sciences***

Human and animal behavior, social and community relationships—psychology, sociology, anthropology,

Biochemistry

Chemistry of life processes—molecular biology, molecular genetics, enzymes, photosynthesis, blood chemistry, protein chemistry, food chemistry, hormones, etc.

Botany

Study of plant life—agriculture, agronomy, horticulture, forestry, plant taxonomy, plant physiology, plant pathology, plant genetics, hydroponics, etc.

Chemistry

Study of nature and composition of matter and laws governing it—physical chemistry, organic chemistry (other than biochemistry), inorganic chemistry, materials, plastics, fuels, pesticides, metallurgy, soil chemistry, etc.

Computer Science

Study and development of computer hardware, software engineering, internet networking and communications, graphics (including human interface), simulations / virtual reality or computational science (including data structures, encryption, coding, and information theory).

Earth/Space Science

Geology, mineralogy, physiography, oceanography, meteorology, climatology, speleology, seismology, geography, astronomy, planetary science, etc.

Engineering

Technology projects that directly apply scientific principles to manufacturing and practical uses—civil, mechanical, aeronautical, chemical, electrical, photographic, sound, automotive, marine, heating and refrigeration, transportation, environmental engineering, etc.

Environmental Science

Study of pollution (air, water, and land) sources and their control, ecology.

Mathematics

Development of formal logical systems or various numerical and algebraic computations, and the application of these principles—calculus, geometry, abstract algebra, number theory, statistics, complex analysis and probability.

Medicine and Health***

Study of diseases and health of humans and animals—dentistry, pharmacology, pathology, ophthalmology, nutrition, sanitation, dermatology, allergies, speech and hearing, etc.

Microbiology***

Biology of microorganisms—bacteriology, virology, protozoology, fungi, bacterial genetics, yeast, etc.

Physics

Theories, principles, and laws governing energy and the effect of energy on matter—atoms, molecules, states of matter, optics, acoustics, particle, superconductivity, fluid and gas dynamics, thermodynamics, semiconductors, magnetism, quantum mechanics, biophysics, etc.

Zoology***

Study of animals—animal genetics, ornithology, ichthyology, herpetology, entomology, animal ecology, paleontology, cellular physiology, circadian rhythms, animal husbandry, cytology, histology, animal physiology, invertebrate neurophysiology, studies of invertebrates, etc.

***You may do a project in this category, but no humans, vertebrates, mold, or bacteria may be a part of the experiment. However, you can do a data-based experiment, or a simulation.NAME: ___________________ per:___ Date Issued: ______Due:______


1st Draft SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT PROPOSAL


My CATEGORY is: _________________________________________________________


My QUESTION is: _________________________________________________________


_________________________________________________________


_________________________________________________________

RESEARCH:


1. The major concept/principle of science that my project deals with is _________________________________________________________


_________________________________________________________


2. What do I need to research to better understand this principle?


_________________________________________________________


_________________________________________________________


_________________________________________________________

3. What general scientific facts would a person need to know in order to understand my project? _________________________________________________________


_________________________________________________________


_________________________________________________________


EXPERIMENT:

My idea for experiments is: (Describe HOW you will actually DO the experiment) Please number your steps…..(you may type this on a separate paper if you need more room.___________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT PROPOSAL-2nd part


My HYPOTHESIS as to the results of this experiment is: IF ___________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


THEN _________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


IT IS THOUGHT THAT BECAUSE _______________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.

My INDEPENDENT Variable is; _________________________________ _________________________________________________________


My DEPENDANT Variable is; ___________________________________ _________________________________________________________


I will CONTROL the following variables; ________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________

The “real world” APPLICATION (why anyone would care about the answer to your question) of this science is; ________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________


Materials: I am aware that the following materials are required in quantities sufficient ensure the reliability of the experiment:_____________________________ ________________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Both the student and parent must sign this form and all other official paperwork and return it to your teacher before starting your project. This form is due no later than Thursday October 20, 2011.


I have read the attached information and realize that my science fair project is due in class on Wednesday, November 30, 2011.


Step 2 - Science Fair Project Research Plan


The second step in the scientific method is Research (or Gather Information.) This is necessary before you can establish a workable hypothesis which can be tested with an experiment.


BIBLIOGRAPHY

Your assignment is to have at least 4 different sources from which you gathered your research. You must list 4 facts from each source. These sources will be part of the bibliography portion of the research plan. You will turn in research notes (due 9/30) which will include the source and the facts separately from the bibliography that is part of the formal research plan.

****Final Research Plan is due: November 11, 2011.

How to document references on your Bibliography Page

1st reference for all projects:

You must have 5 citations (references). The first citation is the “Rules for the Science Fair.“(See below). The other 4 are references you used to write your paper. The references MUST be in the correct bibliographic form.

1st reference for all projects: Use your bibliography resource for the other citations.

International Rules for Precollege Science Research: Guidelines for Science & Engineering Fairs 2009-2010. Science Service. 16 Aug. 2009 http://www.sciserv.org/isef/document/>.

Books

Format:
Author. Title. Place of publication: Publisher, Date.

Example:
Allen, Thomas B. Vanishing Wildlife of North America. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 1974.

Website or Webpage

Format:
Author. "Title of page." Editor. Date. Institution. [Cited Access Date]. URL.
(Simply omit any information that you do not have)

Example:
Davit, Terry. "Lightning injures four at music festival." August 2, 2001. The Why? Files. [Cited 23 January 2002]. http://whyfiles.org/137lightning/index.html.

Article from an Encyclopedia

Format:
Author. "Title of Article." Title of Encyclopedia. Date.

Example:
Petting ill, Olin Sewall, Jr. "Falcon and Falconry." World Book Encyclopedia. 1980.


SEE BELOW FOR DISPLAY SET-UPS…Sample Project Display

sf display


figure: board layout

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