Science Fair Resources

Kennedy's Science Fair
February 18th, 2016
"A science project is like a mystery in which you are the detective searching for answers."
-Janice VanCleave

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Step 1: Choose a Topic

Finding a topic for your science fair can be the hardest part of your project.   Ideas for your project can come from many sources, but the sites below will provide you with a starting point in your search.  

 

 For More Ideas, Visit: Science Fair Projects or Discovery Education


Step 2: Complete Your Project

Once you have your idea, you need to complete your project.  This starts with developing a research question.  What are you actually testing?  Make sure to use the Scientific Method to help guide you through your experiment.  

Steps of The Scientific Method

The Question

Your science fair project starts with a question. This might be based on an observation you have made or a particular topic that interests you. Think what you hope to discover during your investigation, what question would you like to answer? Your question needs to be about something you can measure and will typically start with words such as what, when, where, how or why.

Background Research

Talk to your science teacher and use resources such as books and the Internet to perform background research on your question. Gathering information now will help prepare you for the next step in the Scientific Method.

Hypothesis

Using your background research and current knowledge, make an educated guess that answers your question. Your hypothesis should be a simple statement that expresses what you think will happen.

Experiment

Create a step by step procedure and conduct an experiment that tests your hypothesis. The experiment should be a fair test that changes only one variable at a time while keeping everything else the same. Repeat the experiment a number of times to ensure your original results weren’t an accident.

Data

Collect data and record the progress of your experiment. Document your results with detailed measurements, descriptions and observations in the form of notes, journal entries, photos, charts and graphs.

Observations

Describe the observations you made during your experiment. Include information that could have affected your results such as errors, environmental factors and unexpected surprises.

Conclusions

Analyze the data you collected and summarize your results in written form. Use your analysis to answer your original question, do the results of your experiment support or oppose your hypothesis?

Communication

Present your findings in an appropriate form, whether it’s a final report for a scientific journal, a poster for school or a display board for a science fair competition.

From: http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/projects/thescientificmethod.html

For more Information about completing your project, visit these sites:

Discovery Education   


Step 3: Science Fair Presentations

Now that you have completed your experiment, it is time to present it.  Find some suggestions below on the best way to complete this.  

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For more suggestions, visit: Science Fair Central